JEFF GOLDBLUM (Dr. Ian Malcolm) left an indelible mark with his performance as the brilliant and charismatic scientist in Jurassic Park, a role which he reprises in The Lost World. The star of two of the most successful movies ever made, Jurassic Park and Independence Day, he has been a favorite of audiences and critics alike for his starring roles in such films as The Fly, The Big Chill and Deep Cover.
Goldblum moved to New York at the age of 17 to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner. In less than a year, Joe Papp cast him in the Broadway hit Two Gentlemen of Verona. While in New York, Goldblum had his first film audition and was cast as the terrifying rapist in Death Wish. In complete contrast to that role, the very next week Robert Altman cast Goldblum as the 20-year-old boy wonder in California Split and also asked him to play the mysterious biker/magician in Nashville. This began his film acting career.
Goldblum's long list of feature film credits include Chris Columbus' popular comedy Nine Months with Hugh Grant and The Lost World co-star Julianne Moore, Woody Allen's Annie Hall, Paul Mazursky's Next Stop Greenwich Village, Remember My Name, Silverado, The Right Stuff, Threshold, Between The Lines, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Mr. Frost, Into the Night, The Tall Guy, Twisted Obsession and Fathers and Sons.
Additionally, Goldblum starred in the Showtime film Lush Life with Forest Whitaker and Kathy Baker. This film, set in the contemporary New York jazz scene, focused on the life of sidemen, the unsung heroes of music.
Aside from acting, Goldblum also takes pride in his abilities as a director. He was nominated for an Academy Award® for a live action short film he directed titled Little Surprises.
JULIANNE MOORE (Dr. Sarah Harding) is building a loyal following with her outstanding work in films ranging from Robert Altman's Short Cuts and Louis Malle's Vanya on 42nd Street to such popular hits as The Fugitive and Nine Months, which also starred Jeff Goldblum.
Moore will next be seen in the family drama, The Myth of Fingerprints. Written and directed by Bart Freundlich, The Myth of Fingerprints premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.
Moore has also completed Boogie Nights, Paul Thomas Anderson's ode to the adult film industry in the 1970's. She stars as porn actress "Amber Waves" among an ensemble cast including Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds and Don Cheadle.
After wrapping The Lost World, Moore went on to film Joel and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski, with Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, in which she plays an eccentric painter.
Moore appeared as "Dora Maar" in last year's Surviving Picasso, directed by James Ivory, and starred in the Todd Haynes feature SAFE, which also premiered at Sundance, received four Independent Spirit Award nominations and was voted one of 1995's ten best films by many major critics.
For her work in Short Cuts, Moore and her fellow cast members received the Volpe Cup at the Venice Film Festival and a special Golden Globe award for Best Ensemble Performance; Moore was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actress.
Her other feature film credits include Benny & Joon, Assassins and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
After earning her B. F. A. degree in acting from the Boston University School of the Performing Arts, Moore starred in a number of Off-Broadway and regional theater productions, including the American premieres of both Caryl Churchill's Serious Money and Ice Cream/Hot Fudge at the Public Theater, the original production of Arthur Kopit's The Road to Nirvana at the Humana Festival of New Plays in Louisville and the Guthrie Theater's 1988 production of Hamlet. She recently workshopped Strindberg's The Father with Al Pacino and Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter with Meryl Streep.
PETE POSTLETHWAITE (Roland Tembo) was nominated for an Academy Award® for his performance as Giuseppe Conlon in Jim Sheridan's acclaimed film, In the Name of the Father. Following filming of The Lost World, Steven Spielberg cast him in his upcoming film, Amistad.
Postlethwaite's other films include Brassed Off, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Dragonheart, The Usual Suspects, Waterland, The Last of the Mohicans, Alien 3, Hamlet, To Kill a Priest and Distant Voices, Still Lives.
For television, he has starred in Sin Bin, Sharpe's Rifles, Minder, Needle, They Never Slept, Tumbledown and Martin Chuzzlewit.
A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Postlethwaite's stage credits include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Richard II, The Fair Maid of the West, Macbeth, King Lear and The Duchess of Malfi.
ARLISS HOWARD (Peter Ludlow) has been hailed as one of America's finest actors. He was recently acclaimed for his performance in the Hallmark presentation of William Faulkner's Old Man. Among his many feature film credits are To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Johns, Natural Born Killers, Wilder Napalm, Criss Cross, Men Don't Leave, Ruby, Plain Clothes, Full Metal Jacket, Tequila Sunrise and the upcoming Lesser Evil.
On television, Howard has appeared in The Man Who Captured Eichmann, The Infiltrator, Those Secrets, Til Death Do Us Part, Iran, Last Flight Out, Hands of a Stranger and I Know My First Name is Steven.
His stage work includes The Monogomist at Playwrights Horizons, Killer's Head at the Signature Theatre, the L. A. Theater Center production of The Geography of Luck, the Mark Taper Forum presentation of A Lie of the Mind, The Alley Theater's Fool For Love and Life and Limb at the South Coast Repertory. Howard is also a life member of The Actors Studio.
RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH (John Hammond) is an award-winning producer/director who began his career as an actor and has starred in more than 50 films. When Steven Spielberg persuaded him play John Hammond in Jurassic Park, it was the first time Lord Attenborough worked in front of the camera since 1979, when he co-starred in The Human Factor.
Born in Cambridge in 1923 as the son of a university college principal, Attenborough left his Leicester home at the age of 17 to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Lord Attenborough won two Best Actor Awards from the British Film Academy for Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Guns at Batasi. A succession of major films followed in the 1960's, including Flight of the Phoenix, The Sand Pebbles, Dr. Doolittle, The Great Escape, The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom and The Chess Player.
Lord Attenborough made his directorial debut in 1969 with Oh! What a Lovely War, followed by Young Winston, A Bridge Too Far and Magic.
In 1982, he achieved a lifelong dream of producing and directing the epic film Gandhi, which won five British Academy Awards and eight American Oscars® with Attenborough receiving the prestigious Best Film and Best Director awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
Since then, he has directed A Chorus Line, Cry Freedom, Chaplin and most recently, In Love and War.
VINCE VAUGHN (Nick Van Owen) has just emerged in the past year as one of today's most charismatic and exciting young stars. Steven Spielberg says that he was looking for a "new movie star - an American icon to be" and he found exactly that in Vince Vaughn. "You only find those once every six or seven years," says the director.
Vaughn marked his first major role in a feature film with the 1996 release Swingers, directed by Doug Liman and written by Jon Favreau.
Set against the backdrop of Hollywood's hottest back-alley night spots and told in the language of the "cocktail nation," a 1990's retro-swing movement that's sweeping the country, Swingers follows a group of struggling young actors through a comedic ode to friendship, barhopping and love. In the film, Vince played Trent, the group's cool-as-a-martini ringleader whose 1960's rounder-inspired vocabulary recalls Vegas icons of the day.
Vince also stars with Kate Capshaw and Ashley Judd in the upcoming dark tale of mystery and romance, The Locusts, directed by John Patrick Kelly from his original screenplay. His other screen credits include Rudy and Whiskey Down.
VANESSA LEE CHESTER (Kelly Malcolm) is a seasoned show-business professional at the age of 12. She most recently starred as Janie in Harriet The Spy, based on the popular youth novel by Louise Fitzhugh. She also starred as Becky in the critically acclaimed feature A Little Princess. Her other film credits include Cookie, CB4 and Honeymoon in Vegas.
On television, she has appeared as a regular on the ABC comedy series Me and the Boys and Sesame Street, in addition to appearances on Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, In Living Color and The Robert Townsend Variety Show.
PETER STORMARE (Dieter Stark) divided his time at the end of 1996 between two of the world's greatest directors, Steven Spielberg and Ingmar Bergman. Stormare, the icy white-haired killer in Fargo, was nominated, along with Steve Buscemi, for an MTV Movie Award for Best Duo. Peter most recently finished work on Joel and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski (which co-stars Julianne Moore) and is currently filming Hamilton in his native Sweden.
For 15 years, Stormare collaborated with Bergman in productions at The Royal National Theatre of Sweden. Stormare starred in productions of Hamlet, Long Day's Journey into Night and Miss Julie, which toured the world and in which American theatre audiences first discovered him.
Since 1992, Stormare has made his home in the United States. In New York, he worked at The Actors Studio in the title role of Rasputin and at The Public Theatre in the title role of The Swan, in which he starred with Frances McDormand. His American film credits include Awakenings, Somewhere in the City and Playing God with David Duchovny.
Stormare's previous directing credits include a widely-praised staging of Dance of Death at the Almeida Theatre in London and Don Giovanni at The Glimmerglass Opera, a co-production with The Swedish Folk Opera.
HARVEY JASON (Ajay) was named Best Supporting Actor by the National Board of Review for his portrayal of Roy Cohn in the Stanley Kramer television drama, The Rosenberg Trial. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actor in the miniseries Captains and Kings. He has guest starred on over 300 prime time television shows and has been a regular on three series.
Jason has starred in such films as Air America, Street Corner Justice, The Gumball Rally, Oklahoma Crude, Save the Tiger, Cold Turkey, Lost in the Stars, Gaily, Gaily, Necromancy, I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now, Too Late the Hero and Star!
A well-established voice artist, Jason is a master of dialects.
RICHARD SCHIFF (Eddie Carr) began his career as a theater director in New York City and only began to focus on acting in the last few years. In that short time span, he has risen to prominence by landing roles in such films as Heaven, Seven and City Hall.
In addition to his film work, Schiff has carved out a niche in television with memorable performances in such shows as NYPD Blue, High Incident and Ed Zwick's Relativity, in which he played Barry Roth.
Schiff is currently filming Dr. Dolittle, starring Eddie Murphy, and will also be featured as Danny DeVito's brother in The Kiss. Schiff has worked with such directors as Spike Lee, David Fincher, Jan De Bont, Harold Becker and Nora Ephron.
THOMAS F. DUFFY (Dr. Robert Burke) made his feature film debut as Charles Bronson's chief nemesis in Death Wish II. Since then he has appeared in Independence Day with Jeff Goldblum, Mike Nichols' Wolf with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer, The River Wild with Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon, The Mambo Kings with Antonio Banderas, James Cameron's The Abyss and Richard Donner's Showdown.
His other credits include Crossroads, To Live and Die in L. A., State of Grace starring Sean Penn, The Fan with Robert DeNiro and Wesley Snipes, Wagons East! starring the late John Candy and The Waterdance, a Sundance Film Festival award winner.
Duffy studied theater arts at Ohio University where he received a B. F. A. in acting while also playing on the schools championship ice hockey squad. His passion for the sport helped land him a co-starring role opposite Karl Malden in Miracle on Ice, a movie-of-the-week about the miraculous 1980 Olympic gold medal victory at Lake Placid.
In preparation for his role as a paleontologist in The Lost World, Duffy sought out noted paleontologist Robert Bakker, who invited him on a fossil dig in Wyoming. During the dig, Duffy not only uncovered 40 dinosaur fossils, but he also participated in the discovery of a yet unnamed new species of dinosaur.