(BROCK HART)Most familiar to television viewers as the dimwitted anchorman Miller Redfield on Murphy Brown, Christopher Rich has enjoyed a successful career in television, film and theater.Born in Dallas, Rich began performing when he was urged by his high school teacher to channel his rowdy tendencies into acting rather than protesting the Vietnam War. He continued to perform and study acting at the University of Texas and later at Cornell University, where he received a master's degree in theater arts.Rich moved to New York and began performing onstage, highlighted by playing Dionysus in The Bacchae on Broadway. He also appeared in many off-Broadway and regional productions. In order to raise funds for plays he was producing, he joined the cast of Another World, playing Alexander Sandy Cory for four years.He moved to Los Angeles and has appeared in many television series, most notably as part of the lauded ensemble cast on Murphy Brown and as a series regular on The George Carlin Show.On the big screen, Rich starred in The Joy Luck Club as Tamlyn Tomita's husband, in John Milius' Vietnam War movie Flight of the Intruder with Danny Glover and Willem Dafoe and in the independent film Prisoners of Inertia with Amanda Plummer.Rich has appeared in numerous television movies, including Going Home opposite Jason Robards in one of Robards' last performances. He played a villain in and served as a producer for The Gambler IV, which marked his first project with country singer Reba McEntire and solidified their friendship. He also starred in and produced In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas with Rod Steiger.Rich lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Eva Halina, a former Miss Poland and an Olympic gymnast at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. When not working, he enjoys collecting fine wines, playing golf and collecting and reading books.
(CHEYENNE HART-MONTGOMERY)Born and raised in Tampa, Fla., Joanna Garcia first started performing at the age of 10 when she auditioned for a local theater production and landed the lead. While she caught the bug immediately, her parents put school first, and she continued to feed her passion by acting in local plays.While in high school, Garcia was discovered by Nickelodeon, and she commuted from Florida to Montreal to star for two seasons in the television series Are You Afraid of the Dark? After graduating from high school, she attended Florida State University for a year, but Hollywood was calling. She moved to Los Angeles and on the day she arrived, she landed a role in the television movie Holy Joe.Soon after, Garcia was cast in a recurring role on the acclaimed drama series Party of Five, playing Claudia's (Lacy Chabert) friend at boarding school. She also had a memorable recurring role on Freaks and Geeks, playing Vicki Appleby, the popular freshman cheerleader who spent "7 minutes in heaven" with the ultimate geek Bill (Martin Starr). She made an indelible impression with a guest-starring role on Boston Public in an episode that saw her character caught giving oral sex in the school hallway to sway a student election. She has also appeared on Family Law, Providence, Dawson's Creek and Opposite Sex.On the big screen, Garcia was seen in the feature comedy sequel American Pie 2 and played a high school cheerleader afflicted with Tourette's syndrome in the comedy spoof Not Another Teen Movie.She has also appeared in the cable series From the Earth to the Moon and the television movie Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder.
(BARBRA JEAN)Melissa Peterman hails from Minneapolis. After graduating from Minnesota State University with theater as one of her majors, she was cast as Madeline Monroe in the Hey City Theater's production of Tony & Tina's Wedding. After more than 600 performances, she went on to work as a writer and performer at the improvisational comedy theater the Brave New Workshop, which boasts such alumni as Louie Anderson, Peter Tolan and Al Franken. While with the Brave New Workshop, she also performed at the Chicago Improv Festival and the Big Stink Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas.Peterman made her film debut as Hooker #2 in the Coen brothers' Oscar®-winning movie Fargo. She has also appeared in the comedies Recipe for Disaster and How High with Fred Willard, Hector Elizondo, Spalding Gray and Method Man. Peterman remains loyal to her comic roots as the host of 15 Minutes of Fem, a comedy showcase for women presented at the Egyptian Theatre. She continues to write her own material.On television, she appeared in the Oxygen sketch comedy show Running With Scissors and on Just Shoot Me and The Pitts. Peterman also appeared in a celebrity edition of Trading Spaces, alongside Christopher Rich.Peterman co-wrote and starred in the Los Angeles theater production Portraits: Women Up Against a Wall, co-written by and co-starring Mo Collins and Cheryl Hawker. Peterman describes the play's characters -- the Virgin Mary, Venus De Milo and a Rubens painting come to life -- as "one's never been touched, one can't touch herself and the other can't touch carbs." She has also hosted The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
(JAKE HART)By age 11, Mitch Holleman had already been acting for six years and has amassed several credits in television and movies.Born in Auburn, Ala., he began begging to be on television at the tender age of 2. The family moved to Naples, Fla., and he signed with a Miami-based talent agency. By 4, he had booked two national commercials for Nickelodeon and Burger King. A trip with his mother to New York resulted in numerous commercials and a guest-starring role on The Sopranos.His big break came at age 5 when he landed a series regular role on Daddio. Since then, he has guest-starred on Everybody Loves Raymond and appeared in the feature film comedies The Animal, starring Rob Schneider, and Bubble Boy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He has served periodically as an on-air reporter for TV Guide Channel..
(REBA HART/CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS)In early 2001, country music legend Reba McEntire took Broadway by storm, receiving rave reviews and playing to packed houses as backwoods sharp-shooter Annie Oakley in the hit revival of Annie Get Your Gun. Later that year, Reba took her talents to the small screen and made her television series debut as a Texas soccer mom in the acclaimed comedy, Reba.Raised on a cattle ranch just outside of Chockie, Okla., (population: 18), McEntire traveled the rodeo circuit during her youth with her champion steer-roper father. She herself competed on horseback as a barrel racer. Along with her siblings, McEntire was taught to sing by her mother and formed the vocal trio the Singing McEntires, performing at social events and dance halls.After graduating from high school, she studied violin and piano at Southeastern Oklahoma State University while majoring in elementary education. Her life changed dramatically when a songwriter named Red Steagall heard her sing the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo and convinced her to make a demo recording in Nashville. She was soon signed to a record contract, and her career took off from there.Over the course of her career, McEntire has established herself as country music's leading lady, rising to become the best-selling female country singer in history with more than 45 million records sold. She is an unprecedented four-time Country Music Association female vocalist of the year and one of only five women to win the CMA's coveted entertainer of the year honor. She has won two Grammy® Awards, multiple People's Choice and American Music Awards and released a string of chart-topping hits.McEntire has also hit the road to support her music. In 2005, she headlined the Habitat for Humanity Two Hats and a Redhead tour, named one of Pollstar's largest grossing midyear tours in the country genre. Along the way, she played to thousands of fans and raised a quarter of a million dollars for the Habitat cause.McEntire has found success as an actress as well. She made a memorable feature debut in the 1990 cult classic/Kevin Bacon horror film Tremors as a gun-toting survivalist. She appeared on the big screen in the dark romantic comedy One Night at McCool's and was also featured in North and The Little Rascals.On television, she played Annie Oakley in the miniseries Buffalo Girls and has appeared in the original movies The Gambler IV with Kenny Rogers, Secret of Giving, Forever Love and Is There Life Out There?The hardest-working woman in show business, McEntire is also a successful author. Following her 1995 New York Times best-seller list autobiography Reba: My Story, she published Comfort From a Country Quilt: Find New Inspiration and Strength From Old-Fashioned Values, a collection of personal essays. Her written works have sold a combined total of over 1 million copies.McEntire has added clothing designer to her long list of career accomplishments with the 2005 launch of a women's collection, Reba.
(KYRA HART)Named for the Gone With the Wind heroine, Scarlett Pomers began her career at the age of 3, appearing in Michael Jackson's video Heal the World.Pomers is a veteran of television with credits that include guest roles on Judging Amy, Providence, Touched by an Angel and three seasons on Star Trek: Voyager. Her film career started at age 5 when she landed her first feature role as Suzi Barret in The Babysitters Club. More films followed with roles in Happy, Texas, Mighty Joe Young, Slappy and the Stinkers, Geppetto and the Julia Roberts hit Erin Brockovich. Pomers spent six weeks in Australia filming the television movie A Ring of Endless Light. She has also appeared in over 40 commercials.For her acting performances, Pomers has received five Young Artist Awards, including a 1999 award for best supporting actress in a drama series for her role on Star Trek: Voyager.In addition, the red-haired actress has entered the music world, delivering rock music with the conviction of a veteran. She is a sought-after artist, performing in Los Angeles and other cities.In addition to acting, singing and songwriting, Pomers studies Egyptian belly dance and East Indian Tribal dance. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, surfing, skiing, horseback riding and studying Kendo. Pomers loves animals and has a dog, named after the king himself, Elvis, and a horse named Salem.
(VAN MONTGOMERY)Steve Howey was born in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Los Angeles. He had the lead role in the pilot Five Year Plan for ABC and the title role in the motion picture Stan Helsing, a comedic take on vampire films.Howey also guest starred on the series E.R. and The Drew Carey Show. He starred in and produced the independent film Class (1988), written and directed by his father, acting coach Bill Howey. The film was an official selection of the Denver International Film Festival.