Richard Wenk was born on May 4, 1956 in Metuchen, New Jersey.
After graduating from New York University's Film School in 1979, Wenk headed to Los Angeles with his thesis film, a half-hour musical vampire comedy titled "Dracula Bites the Big Apple", (which has since become a fan-favorite!) Some Showtime shorts followed, comedy writing for Gallagher and working as an assistant to director John Huston on "Annie" in 1982.
He wrote two of the popular Indiana Jones "Find Your Fate" paperbacks "Indiana Jones and the Eye of the Fates" and "Indiana Jones and the Legion of Death" in 1984.
VAMP was Wenk's first feature film as writer and director in 1986. He would go on to write and direct 1999's "Just the Ticket" and co-direct the horror thriller "Wishcraft" in 2002. In 2004 he co-produced the successful coming-of-age romp "The Girl Next Door". In 2006, he penned the highly acclaimed screenplay for the action-packed Bruce Willis crime thriller "16 Blocks" and the remake of the Charles Bronson film, "The Mechanic" starring Jason Statham in 2011.
Wenk wrote the critically and commercially acclaimed screenplay for the movie version of the hit 1980's show of the same name, "The Equalizer" and its box office smash sequel in 2018, starring Denzel Washington.
Richard Wenk also wrote the screenplay adaptions for "The Expendables 2" (2012), "Countdown", "The Magnificent Seven", and "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" in 2016 and "American Renegades" (2017). He is one of Hollywood's most in demand writers, with several television and feature projects currently in development.
Donald Patrick Borchers was born in Brooklyn, New York on 14th October 1956.
A successful TV and film producer, Borchers started out as a production associate at Avco Embassy Pictures in the early 1980s. He produced three films for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Playhouse television series and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinema/Television.
Most notably, Borchers has produced several popular and cult favorites such as "The Beastmaster" 1982, 1984's "Children of the Corn" (as well as it's two subsequent remakes in 2009 and 2021), "Angel" 1984, "Tuff Turf" 1985, "Vamp" in 1986 and "Two Moon Junction" in 1988.
Borchers also has several screenwriting credits to his name including "Vamp" and
"Jailbait" in 1993. He also came up with the original concept for VAMP, presenting upcoming director Richard Wenk with a poster idea and brief synopsis for the picture.
From 1984 to 1996, Borchers served as an adjunct professor at the Peter Stark Producing Program, a Master of Fine Arts program in the USC School of Cinematic Arts teaching CIN 565, the budgeting and scheduling requisite class.
In 2016, Borchers started a YouTube channel.
Don Borchers resides in Los Angeles and continues to produce for film and television.
Model, singer, actress and artistic influencer, the incomparable Grace Beverly Jones was born on 19 May 1948 in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica. The daughter of a Pentecostal-cleric, Jones immigrated to the United States at the age of 13 with her siblings to live with their parents in Syracuse, New York.
Jones began her modelling career in the mid-1970's in New York state, then in Paris, working for elite fashion houses such as Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo. She appeared on the covers of "Elle" and "Vogue", working with legendary photographers such as Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Hans Feurer and Jean-Paul Goude (with whom she has a son, Paolo).
Beginning in 1977, Jones embarked on a music career, securing a record deal and initially becoming a star of New York City's "Studio 54"-centered disco scene. In the early 1980s, she moved toward a new-wave style that drew on reggae, funk, post-punk and pop music, frequently collaborating with both the graphic designer Goude and the popular musical duo Sly & Robbie. Producing several popular albums throughout the early 1980's including "Warm Leatherette" (1980), "Nightclubbing" (1981) and the ground-breaking concept album "Slave to the Rhythm" in 1985.
Jones's critically acclaimed 1982 music video collection "A One Man Show" directed by Jean-Paul Goude was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1984. Also, that same year she made her first mainstream appearance as Zula in the fantasy-action film "Conan the Destroyer" alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jones next appeared in the 1985 James Bond film "A View to a Kill" as villainess and right-hand woman "May Day" to Christopher Walken's sinister sociopath "Max Zorin".
In 1986, she portrayed the unforgettable role of ancient vampire queen "Katrina" in Richard Wenk's "Vamp". A role for which she was nominated for Saturn Awards for "Best Actress" in 1987. In 1992, she acted in and contributed a song to the Eddie Murphy movie "Boomerang".
Jones continues to tour, work on the occasional acting project and releases collaborative musical projects intermittently. In 2009, she welcomed the birth of her first granddaughter, Athena, from son Paulo Goude.
Canadian national treasure, Christopher Makepeace was born in Montreal, Quebec on April 22, 1964, the son of Doreen and Harry Makepeace he began his acting career in a 1974 Canadian television special,
"The Ottawa Valley".
His breakthrough role was in the 1979 Canadian comedy, "Meatballs" directed by Ivan Reitman, in which he starred opposite Bill Murray. Makepeace portrayed a shy, loner teen attendee of a summer camp, who has trouble fitting in. The movie was a hit, grossing more than $43 million at the box office, and Makepeace received good notices for his work in the film, including a 1980 Genie Award nomination for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role". He was then cast in the lead role in the film "My Bodyguard", released in July 1980 to positive reviews, earning $22.5 million domestically In his review of the film, critic Roger Ebert said that Makepeace's performance resulted in "one of the most engaging teenage characters I've seen in the movies in a long time."
Makepeace also starred opposite Lee Majors and Burgess Meredith in the 1981 film "The Last Chase. Makepeace's subsequent roles included appearances in television and feature films including "Mazes and Monsters" with Tom Hanks in 1982, "The Terry Fox Story" in 1983, "The Falcon and the Snowman" in 1985 and as the lead and reluctant hero "Keith" in 1986's "Vamp".
Makepeace hosted the Canadian teen-magazine show "Going Great" from 1983-84.
Other feature and TV roles followed up until 2001 when Makepeace moved behind the camera as an assistant director, field producer/director and commercial director.
Chris Makepeace is married and resides in Toronto, Canada.
Dedee Pfeiffer was born Dorothy Diane Pfeiffer on January 1, 1964 and grew up in Midway City, California. Daughter of North Dakota natives Donna (nee Taverna), a homemaker, and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor and younger sister of Academy Award nominated actress Michelle Pfeiffer, Dedee has been a staple of both movies and television since the mid 1980's.
Pfeiffer had acting aspirations from a young age. In 1985, aged 21, she made her screen debut in an episode of the action-drama "Simon & Simon" an American detective television series starring Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker.
Arguably best known for her work in the movies "Vamp" (1986), "Falling Down" (1993) and "Running Cool" (1993) Pfeiffer established new fandom as the daughter of titular actress/mom "Cybill" from 1995-1997.
Dedee appeared with her sister Michelle Pfeiffer, in "Up Close and Personal"(1996) and " Frankie and Johnny" (1991) as sisters and cousins, respectively. Along with acting on stage, Pfeiffer has also starred in the TV series "For Your Love" from 1998 to 2002. She starred with Susanna Hoffs in the 1987 film "The Allnighter" and has made guest appearances on the TV shows "Ellen", "Seinfeld", "Friends", "Dream On" and "The Dead Zone" among others.
Adored by her loyal fanbase, Dedee recently chose to take an extended break from acting in the mid 2010's to attend college, occasionally returning to act in movies and TV projects.
In 2020 it was announced that Pfeiffer will play the role of Denise Brisbane in the ABC crime drama series "Big Sky" which was created by her brother-in-law
David E. Kelley.
Dedee lives in California with her family.
A staple of 1980's cult movies and teen magazines. Robert Rusler was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the 20th of September 1964. He soon moved to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii with his family, where he began surfing and skateboarding on a semi-professional level, competing in local tournaments.
After relocating to Los Angeles, California he studied martial arts and entered many competitions. His father was a Guard and a Teamster at Universal Studios in Hollywood where a young Rusler spent much of his free time, getting to know the actors, crew and stunt guys. After high school, Robert decided to pursue his interest in acting and began taking acting classes at "The Lost Studio" with former actress-turned- acting-teacher Peggy Feury and her husband William Taylor.
Achieving "heart-throb" status with his breakout feature film role as the character Max in the 1985 hit comedy "Weird Science". Later that year he starred as Grady in the classic horror sequel "A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge". A year later Rusler would portray lovable rogue AJ in director Richard Wenk's feature debut "Vamp". Robert would take on other TV and film roles in fan favorites such as "Shag", "Thrashin'", "Sometimes They Come Back", "The Outsiders", Babylon 5", "24" and "Enterprise".
Robert Rusler continues to act on popular TV and film projects and is a successful acting teacher and coach. Robert resides in California with his partner and family.
Comedian and actor, Sandy Baron was born Sanford Irving Beresofsky on May 5, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. He made his Broadway debut in Tchin-Tchin in 1962. A lengthy stage, TV and film career followed.
He is most notably recognized for his roles in "Vamp", "Birdy", "Leprechaun 2", "The Out‑of‑Towners", "If It's Tuesday - This Must Be Belgium". And a successful run as Jack Klompus, arch nemesis of Morty Seinfeld on the classic TV comedy "Seinfeld". Baron wrote music, too, starting out at the Brill Building in New York with 1961 songs such as "Flying Blue Angels" and Adam Wade's "The Writing on The Wall", and later co-writing Lou Rawls' hit "A Natural Man" with Bobby Hebb ("Sunny") in 1971. Sandy wrote and recorded a number of comedy albums, including "The Race Race" and "God Save the Queens".
He was married three times and passed away in 2001, in Van Nuys, California, at the age of 64.
Beloved comedic actor and performer, Gary "Gedde" Watanabe, was born in Ogden, Utah on June 26, 1955. His mother, who had been previously interned during World War II, worked as a seamstress at the Utah Tailoring Company. During his high school years, Gedde performed in several dramatic productions in, both acting and singing. After graduation, Watanabe relocated San Francisco, California, where he studies at the American Conservatory Theater and worked as a street musician while honing his acting skills.
In 1976, Watanabe's first role was as a member of the original Broadway cast of "Pacific Overtures", originating the roles of "Priest", "Girl", and "The Boy". He has since appeared in several films and television series, the first of which was "The Long Island Four" in 1980. He followed this with a star-making turn as "Long Duk Dong" in the John Hughes teen comedy "Sixteen Candles" in 1984 and as "At Toon" in "Volunteers" starring Tom Hanks and John Candy.
Watanabe had a starring role in both the 1986 film "Gung Ho" and television spin-off and played the lovable rich student "Duncan" in "Vamp". In the 1989 movie "UHF" starring "Weird AL" Yankovic, Watanabe co-starred as "Kuni", a karate instructor and abusive host of a TV game show called "Wheel of Fish". He later reprised this role on the "Weird Al Show". Watanabe appeared on "Sesame Street" from 1988 to 1991 as Hiroshi and had a recurring role as gay nurse Yoshi Takata on the television drama "ER" from 1997 to 2003.
During the nineties, Watanabe studied acting at Theater Theater in Hollywood, California, with Chris Aable. He voiced various Japanese characters on the animated television comedy "The Simpsons". In 1998, he voiced "Ling" in the Disney animated film "Mulan" and reprised this role for the 2004 direct-to-video sequel, "Mulan II" and the 2005
video game "Kingdom Hearts II".
Gedde Watanabe continues to act and teach acting, he resides in
Los Angeles, California.
Billy Drago was born William Eugene Burrows Jr on November 30, 1945 in Hugoton, Kansas. Adopting his grandmother's maiden name as his stage name, Drago grew up in a rural town where his parents would regularly drop him off at the movie theater while they went to work. This is where his love of motion pictures began.
After leaving high school he started out as a journalist for the Associated Press, and later became a popular voice on radio that took him first to Canada then to New York City. After a brief stint with a touring theater group, he worked as a stuntman at Boot Hill in Dodge City, Kansas. From there he went on to the University of Kansas. After finishing college, he joined an acting company.
Although frequently cast in the role of villain, Drago was a distinguished character actor whose films included Clint Eastwood's western "Pale Rider" and Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables". He has a memorable supporting role as "Snow", the albino gang leader in "Vamp". Drago also had recurring roles in the television series "The Adventures of Brisco County", "Jr." and "Charmed". Drago was married to actress Silvana Gallardo from 1980 until her death in 2012. He had two sons, one of whom is actor Darren E. Burrows.
Legions of adoring fans around the world were devastated to learn that Billy Drago had passed away in Los Angeles on June 24, 2019 at the age of 73 from complications of a stroke.
Lisa Lyon was born in Los Angeles in 1953. She studied art at UCLA where she also became accomplished in the Japanese art of fencing, kendo, but found herself lacking sufficient upper - body strength so she began weight training. This eventually led her into bodybuilding. Lyon entered and won the first International Federation of Women’s World Pro Bodybuilding Championship in Los Angeles on June 16, 1979. She appeared in many magazines and on television talk shows, promoting bodybuilding for women. She also wrote a book on weight training for women titled Lisa Lyon’s Body Magic. After retiring in 1979 Lyon also had a short acting career including roles in "Three Crowns of the Sailor", "Getting Physical" and "Vamp".
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