Special Sub-Topic: The Face Not The Image 2: TV Drama Stars
|He had an instinctive idea of what was right, and what was right was usually the law, the whole law and nothing but the law. Who played Jack McCoy in "Law & Order"?|
Sam Waterston. Set in New York City, "Law & Order" told the story of a crime first from the police point of view, and then from that of the court proceedings. After its debut in October 1990, the show was a regular awards-winner, including a Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series for Sam Waterston in 1999. He joined in the fifth season in 1994 and went on to appear in 333 consecutive episodes before his first break, in January 2009.
The character of Jack McCoy was appointed Executive Assistant District Attorney in 1994 and was appointed DA at the end of Season 17. Sam Waterston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on November 15 1940. He appeared in many theatre productions and movie roles included "Savages" (1972), "The Great Gatsby" (1974), "Capricorn One" (1978), Heaven's Gate (1980).
|OK, take off sunglasses, speak a sentence of no more than six words, put sunglasses back on, enter building. Who played the controlled and assured boss Horatio Caine in "CSI: Miami"?|
David Caruso. "CSI: Miami" was a spin-off from 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', with the locus shifted from Las Vegas to Florida. It was first broadcast in May 2002, with David Caruso playing Lt Horatio Caine, the day shift supervisor of the Miami-Dade crime scene department.
David Caruso was born in New York City on January 7th 1956. Early film roles included "Rambo: First Blood" and "An Officer And a Gentleman". He was gang leader in "Hill Street Blues" and a cop in "NYPD Blue."
|In a five-star hotel you could get anything you wanted, provided you were discreet and were prepared to pay. Who played Charlie Edwards the "Hotel Babylon" manager who disguised a soft centre inside a hard shell?|
Max Beesly. "Hotel Babylon" was first broadcast in January 2006 and was based on the book of the same name by Imogen Edwards-Jones. The BBC described it as "Drama series set in the sexy world of the luxury five star hotel, on a journey beyond the facade of the smiling faces and glittering chandeliers and into the frenetic, non-stop world of the staff". Beesley appeared in the first three seasons. He was born in Manchester in January 1971. In 2001, He was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor Beesley after playing opposite Mariah Carey in the film "Glitter". After Babylon, he appeared in "The Last" enemy (2008) and the BBC's revival of the 1970's post apocalypse "Survivors" (2009).
|She had amazing powers, even if she had not wanted to be given them. Who played the genetically-modified super soldier Max Guevara in "Dark Angel"?|
Jessica Alba. "Dark Angel" told the store of Max, who escaped from a secret government training facility that was meant to turn out super soldiers. The people behind the project "Manticore", were determined to get Max and the old 10 escapees back or kill them. The show told of their struggle in a post-nuclear explosion world. First aired in 2000, "Dark Angel" was cancelled after two seasons. Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28th 1981 in Pomona, California. She went on to a busy career on the silver screen.
|For an ambitious woman intent on breaking the through the glass ceiling at New Scotland Yard, the last thing she probably wanted was to be teamed up with a bunch of decrepit, retire cops. Who played Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman in "New Tricks"?|
Amanda Redman. Pullman was in charge of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS), which investigated cold cases, usually murders. Her three-strong team were Jack Halford (James Bolam); Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman) and Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong), all ex-detectives with character flaws. Those actors were also three of the most experienced on the British TV circuit, and they played the show with a light, often comedic touch. The show aired as a one-off in 2003, and five seasons followed in succeeding years.
Amanda Redman was born on August 12th 1957 in Brighton, Sussex. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and roles included playing Diana Dors in "The Blonde Bombshell" (1999) and starring in "Sexy Beast" in 2000. She also starred as lottery winner Alison Braithwaite in the ITV drama series "At Home with the Braithwaites" (2000 to 20004).
|The Fourth Estate, most powerful of them all, especially when it came to exposing conspiracies. Which actor played the campaigning reporter Joe Rossi in "Lou Grant"?|
Robert Walden. Based in the offices of the fictional newspaper the "Los Angeles Tribune", the show aired between September 1977 and September 1982 and in that time won 13 Emmy Awards and two Holden Globes. Robert Walden was the idealistic young reporter who saw conspiracies everywhere and was determined to expose them, supported by a sometimes apprehensive hard-bitten editor, the Lou Grant of the title, played by Edward Asner. The show was cancelled because the studio reckoned Asner was too outspoken and was using the story lines to comment on personal political issues.
Robert Walden was born on September 25th, 1943 in New York City. He won three Emmy nominations for "Lou Grant" and also starred in "All The President's Men" (1976) the 1980 TV movie "Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb" and the sitcom "Brothers" (1984 to 1989).
|In most cop show the boss was the hard nut and his sidekick was the voice of reason. One TV crime-solving duo had it the other way around and it was the boss who was the softer of the pair. Who played George Gently in the series based in 1960s Northumberland and Durham?|
Martin Shaw. "Inspector George Gently" was based on the novels by Alan Hunter. A pilot show was broadcast in 2007, followed by two seasons, 2008 and 2009.
Martin Shaw was born in January 1945 in Birmingham, England. At the age of 18 he joined the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and went on to serve his time in the theatre. Television followed and he made his name in "The Professionals" (1977-1982), a series about counter-terrorism experts. He followed that with appearances in "The Chief" (1990) and six seasons as "Judge John Deed" (2001 - 2007).
|All appeared lost when she boarded a plane from Australia in handcuffs to face a seemingly certain jail term in the USA. When that plane fell from the sky onto a deserted island, new possibilities opened up for her. Who played Kate Austen in "Lost"?|
Evangeline Lilly. There is no way that I would have the room to explain the premises behind "Lost" the highly popular and baffling TV drama that was first aired in September 2004. Five seasons followed. Kate Austen was a character arrested for killing a man and when the plane crashed, it was clear she was one of the stronger personalities. Evageline Lilly appeared in all five seasons. Brn in Alberta, Canada in August 1978, Lilly worked in TV commercials and movie bit parts before landing her first ever speaking role in "Lost".
|The Secret Service called her 'flamingo', but not to her face. Who starred as C. J. Cregg in "The West Wing"?|
Allison Janney. Winner of three Golden Globes Awards and 27 Emmy Awards, "The West Wing" was one of the most successful TV dramas ever in the USA and was watched worldwide. The story of life in The White House among the staff of a charismatic President, played by Martin Sheen, was a popular and critical success and ran for seven seasons from September 1999 to May 2006.
Allison Janney played Claudia Jean Cregg, initially the President's Press Secretary. A feisty and determined woman, she could hold her own in the company of the President's Men. In seasons 6 and 7 she was promoted to Chef of Staff.
Allison Janney was born on November 19th 1959 in Dayton, Ohio. She had a varied range of movie parts under her belt before she joined the West Wing staff. They included "American Beauty" (1999); "Primary Colors" (1998) and "The Ice Storm" (1997). She won four Emmy Awards for "West Wing."
|It was a long way to anywhere if you were sick or injured in the middle of Australia. If you couldn't get to the doctors, it was a good job they could get to you. Which actress played the part of Chris Randall in "The Flying Doctors"?|
Liz Burch. In all 221 episodes of the Aussie drama "The Flying Doctors" were broadcast between 1986 and 1993. Liz Burch was born in October 1954 and appeared in several top Australian dramas.
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