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Richard Speight, Jr.

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Richard Speight, Jr. was born September 4, 1970 and is an American actor, best known for his recurring role as Deputy Bill Kohler on the TV series Jericho prior to its cancellation and as Gabriel/Loki on Supernatural.

Speight was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of Barbara and Richard Speight. Born Sept. 4, 1970, he attended Montgomery Bell Academy and the University of Southern California's School of Theater, graduating cum laude. He has two older sisters, Barby and Lindy. On June 28, 2003, he married Jaci Kathryn Hays, a dot-com executive in California; they have two sons.He also plays the guitar and bass.

Speight played Sgt. Warren "Skip" Muck in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, produced for HBO by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Speight has also appeared in television series such as The Agency, ER, Jericho, Party of Five and JAG for CBS, as well as several commercials, which include Got Milk?, IBM, Pepsi, and Disney. He also has a recurring role on the drama show Supernatural since 2007 as the Trickster (later revealed to be the Archangel Gabriel).

He has appeared in such films as Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Last Big Attraction, and starred in Jason Reitman's In God We Trust. He also co-directed and co-starred in the independent feature North Beach. His earlier work includes roles in the film Ernest Goes to Camp and a regular role in the NBC Saturday morning sitcom Running the Halls. He also had a brief role in Thank You for Smoking.

 

Misha Collins

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Misha Collins (born Misha Dmitri Tippens Krushnic) worked as a carpenter to pay his tuition at the University of Chicago, where he studied Social Theory. After graduating, he worked on National Public Radio and at the White House as an intern for Bill Clinton.

He is an accomplished actor with many film and television roles under his belt. Aside from guest spots on series such as CSI, ER, NCIS, Close to Home, Monk and Without a Trace, Misha also featured in a season of 24 as Alexis Drazen, whose hobbies among other things included ethnic cleansing and assassination.

Most importantly, Misha is joining us to share his experiences playing an angel of God named Castiel in Supernatural. Don't forget to ask him how his reading of Revelations effected his portrayal.

 

Mark Sheppard

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Mark Sheppard is the son of actor W. Morgan Sheppard. Born in London, he became a professional musician at the age of 15 and enjoyed many years as a recording and touring artist with bands including Robyn Hitchcock, the Television Personalities and the Irish group Light a Big Fire, playing drums on their second album. As a session musician, he recorded albums for many groups throughout Europe, and eventually moved to the United States.

Mark was invited to audition for the American production of the play Cock and Bull Story, for which he won numerous awards, including the 1992 L.A. Drama Critics' Circle award and the LA Weekly and Dramalogue awards.

His television work includes an episode of The X-Files, a year on the Jerry Bruckheimer action series Soldier of Fortune, and guest-starring and recurring roles on The Practice, The Invisible Man, Special Unit 2, JAG, Star Trek: Voyager, The Chronicle, Monk, Las Vegas, CSI: NY, Burn Notice and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, amongst others. Mark played a demon named Arnon on the TV series Charmed . He played Badger, a semi-comical cockney-style crime boss in the short-lived Joss Whedon show Firefly and was later cast again in another Joss Whedon show, Dollhouse as Paul Ballard's dismissive FBI superior. He appeared as a villain in season five of 24 and as Patricia Arquette's serial-killer nemesis on Medium. He played Romo Lampkin in seasons three and four of Battlestar Galactica, and had a recurring role as Manservant Neville in the short-lived cult hit The Middleman. He played Anthony Anthros on Bionic Woman, Sterling the nemesis character on Leverage and a villainous master forger on White Collar. On Chuck, he played the Director of the Ring criminal organisation and more recently, he appeared in Warehouse 13 as Regent Benedict Valda.

His film credits include In the Name of the Father, starring opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson as Guildford Four member Patrick Armstrong; the romantic comedy Lover's Knot; the Russian historical drama Out of the Cold; the thriller Unstoppable; and with Heather Graham and Jeremy Sisto in the dark independent, Broken. He also starred in Megalodon, and New Alcatraz.

Mark directed his father W. Morgan Sheppard in the film Room 101 and co-starred with him in the psychological thriller Nether World, which the younger Sheppard also co-produced. He also voiced the role of protagonist Michael Ford in The Conduit, whose mentor, John Adams, is voiced by his father W. Morgan Sheppard.

Three times Mark has been cast with his father as the same character, each playing the character at different ages: Canton Everett Delaware III in the Doctor Who episode "The Impossible Astronaut"; Mr. Pain in the NCIS episode "Broken Bird"; and Captain Nemo in the 2010 film Mysterious Island, which Mark also directed.

We warmly welcome Mark for his role as Crowley, the King of Hell, on Supernatural.

 

Matt Cohen

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Matt Cohen grew up in South Florida, where he played football and track in high school and also graduated with a 3.8 GPA. After high school he studied business at Florida State, where he also took some theatre classes. Deciding that he wanted to become an actor, he moved out to LA and started to pursue his dream. Within 10 months of the move, he booked a lead role as the sensitive jock, Aiden Dennison, on South of Nowhere. Since then he has guest starred on various shows such as The OC, Medium, NCIS: Los Angeles and 90210. He has also featured in movies such as Boogeyman 2 and Chain Letter.

All of the South of Nowhere stars tend to appear in each other's work, such as: Danso Gordon and Matt Cohen starring together in the movie Dark House; Mandy Musgrave guest starring on Cohen's web-series Rockville, CA; Cohen and Rob Moran starring alongside one another in The Outside; and Cohen, Musgrave, and Valery Ortiz all co-starring in Marisa Lauren's music video for her song Ladylike.

We welcome Matt to AHBL 4 for his roles on Supernatural as the young John Winchester, and Michael.

 

Sebastian Roche

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Sebastian Roché was born in Paris, France and is of Scottish and French ancestry. He is fluent in four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Italian. On General Hospital, he spoke in Russian, Spanish, and French, and on the pilot episode of Odyssey 5, he spoke in French. Has extensive classical theatre background and credits, notably in Salome with Al Pacino, Titus Andronicus, The Green Bird, Hamlet, Arms and the Man, Macbeth, Mirandolina, Trainspotting and more. As a teenager, he lived for six years on a sailing boat with his family travelling from France to the Mediterranean, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. He is a graduate of the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique of Paris.

Upon his graduation from the Conservatoire in 1989, Roché started working in French theatre, films and television. He moved to the United States in 1992 and has since worked extensively in the US. His many television and film credits include: Law & Order, New York Undercover, Sex and the City, Merlin, The Crossing, Touching Evil, Charmed, Alias, CSI, The Unit, Never Get Outta the Boat, We Fight to be Free and General Hospital. He also starred in What We Do Is Secret, with Shane West, New York City Serenade, with Freddie Prinze Jr, and Beowulf, with Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich and Angelina Jolie.

In 1997, he featured as Longinus on the FOX television series Roar, starring Heath Ledger, until its cancellation the same year. In 2002, he played the role of Kurt Mendel in the sci-fi television series Odyssey 5. He remained in the role until the show's cancellation in 2004.

He appeared in the French text book series "Discovering French bleu" (level one) in the video ancillary DVD. Whenever his character appeared he would go by his own name, Sebastian.

On General Hospital he played as terrorist/criminal Jerry Jacks, although when the character re-appeared he was going by the pseudonym James Craig. In April 2007, it was announced that Roché had been signed to a contract on General Hospital, keeping his character around for the foreseeable future. His first contractual airdate was 23 April 2007, which was also the date that his character's true identity was revealed. By 2009, Jerry had a minimal role and was eventually written out. However, Sebastian returned to the show on a recurring basis between July and August 2009. He returned again to the role in December 2010.

Roché plays Wulfgar in Beowulf, a film adaptation of the epic poem. He has appeared on The Mentalist and in 24. He appeared in Happy Tears with Demi Moore and Parker Posey, as well in 2011's The Adventures of Tintin, directed by Steven Spielberg.

On the TV series Fringe, Roché was cast as a recurring character, Newton, the leader of an army of shapeshifters from a parallel universe. His character recurred in some episodes of seasons 2 and 3; Newton died in the episode entitled "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep”.

Roché is currently directing his first feature-length documentary titled Machine Gun Preacher, on the life of Sam Childers, a pastor who opened an orphanage for orphans and child soldiers in war-torn south Sudan.

Recently, Roche has been playing Mikael, an original vampire, the father of The Originals, on The Vampire Diaries.

We welcome Sebastian Roché for his role in Supernatural as Balthazar, a rogue angel and longtime friend of fellow angel, Castiel.

 

Rob Benedict

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Robert Patrick Benedict is perhaps best known for his work on the television science-fiction series Supernatural, Threshold, the college drama Felicity and the comedy film Waiting....

Benedict was born in Columbia, Missouri. He graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor's degree in Performance Studies. Benedict is the front man and guitar player in the Los Angeles band Louden Swain, which completed its fourth album "Eskimo" in 2012.

On CBS's Threshold, Benedict played physicist Lucas Pegg, member of a secret government team investigating the first contact with an extraterrestrial species. On the critically acclaimed WB series Felicity, he appeared as Felicity Porter's dorm mate, Richard Coad. On Alias Benedict was Sydney Bristow's short-term CIA partner, Brodien. His additional television series credits include Birds of Prey and Come To Papa, with guest appearances on NCIS, Monk, Medium, Chicago Hope, NYPD Blue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Snoops, Burn Notice, and Beverly Hills, 90210. In May 2010, Benedict played Steve Burke in the season seven finale of Cold Case in episode "Almost Paradise".

More recent television credits include a recurring role as the Invisible Prince in Fox's Touch. He also appeared as the irreverent power agent Jeremy Berger in the Starz Original comedy series Head Case. Other recent guest star appearances are NCIS: Los Angeles, Shameless, Psych and Law and Order: Los Angeles.

His feature film credits include A Little Help, with Jenna Fischer, State of Play with Russell Crowe, Waiting..., with Ryan Reynolds, Still Waiting..., Kicking & Screaming, with Will Ferrell, Group Sex, Say Goodnight with Aaron Paul, Two Days, with Paul Rudd, The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, starring Rosario Dawson, and Not Another Teen Movie. Benedict has also done some voice acting work, most notably voicing the character Vin, in the video games Jak II and Jak 3.

He recently co-wrote and starred in the independent short film Lifetripper, which made its debut at the LA Short Film Festival.

We welcome Rob as our event co-host for his role of writer turned prophet, Chuck Shurley, on Supernatural.



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