Two-time Academy Award® nominated actor Peter Fonda has been a cinematic and cultural icon since his role as "Captain America" in the seminal 1969 anti-establishment film Easy Rider, which he produced and co-scripted, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His other Oscar nomination was for Ulee's Gold, for which he won one of his two Golden Globe.
His career began on Broadway in 1961 (Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole) and his feature film debut was in 1963, Tammy and the Doctor. Early films also included The Victors, Wild Angels, and The Trip. He directed his first film, The Hired Hand, in 1971. Other directing credits include Idaho Transfer, and Wanda Nevada in which he starred. His acting credits also include Outlaw Blues, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, Race with the Devil, Lilith, Split Image, Two People, Love and a .45, Nadja, Grace of My Heart, and Escape from L.A. He also made a cameo appearance in Bodies, Heat & Motion, starring his daughter Bridget. Other theatrical release credits include: The Limey, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Wooly Boys, Ocean's Twelve, Ghost Rider, and Copperhead. His autobiography is entitled Don't Tell Dad.
Bill Cobbs has been a regular presence on TV and in film since the 1970s. Among his 60 film roles: The Brother From Another Planet, The Cotton Club, The Color of Money, The Bodyguard, Demolition Man, Ghosts of Mississippi, Hope Floats, Random Hearts, The Tenant, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and The Ultimate Gift. He reprises his role as Hamilton in the sequel THE ULTIMATE LIFE. His television roles include the series "I'll Fly Away" and the TV movie "I'll Fly Away: Then and Now." His guest roles include "LA Law," "Designing Women," and "Ossie and Ruby."
Drew Waters was born in Akron, Ohio, and raised in Orange, Texas, where he excelled in athletics. After serving in the Navy for four years, he began a successful career in print and runway modeling. His work for clients such as Ralph Lauren, Prada, Versace, and Abercrombie and Fitch caught the attention of world-renowned photographer Bruce Weber, who suggested he try his hand at acting. Since 2005, he has distinguished himself as a prolific actor, appearing in NBC's Friday Night Lights, AMC's Breaking Bad, and numerous other television series as well as feature films, including Home Run.
Austin James makes his feature film debut playing Red Stevens as a teenager in THE ULTIMATE LIFE. Born Austin Wojciechowski and raised in a small Texas town, Austin was involved in rodeo and sports growing up. Despite having little experience, Austin won an acting competition showcase at 16. The next year, he moved to Hollywood to begin his acting career. Following a number of commercial roles, Austin plays a young Red Stevens, a character first played by James Garner in The Ultimate Gift.
Well known for his role as Leroy Brown in multiple Tyler Perry projects, David Mann is an award-winning actor and comedian. David introduced the world to Mr. Brown in the play, I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Since then, he has starred in the movie and TV show Meet The Browns. Other movies include Madea Goes to Jail and Madea's Big Happy Family and the TV show "House of Payne." David's live comedy show is a top draw at venues across the nation. Along with his wife, popular singer Tamela Mann, David is the co-host of the TV show, "Hanging With The Manns," which follows the couple as they cook in the kitchen and enjoy adventures together.
Reprising The Ultimate Gift role of Miss Hastings in THE ULTIMATE LIFE, beloved actress Lee Meriwether has had starring or recurring roles in nine different television series. While she is best known for her roles in "Barnaby Jones" and "The Munsters," she also was a regular on "Time Tunnel," "The New Andy Griffith Show," "Mission: Impossible," "The FBI," "12 O'Clock High," "Dr. Kildare," and "The Today Show." Her noteworthy films include: Batman, Angel in My Pocket, The Undefeated, The Legend of Lylah Clare, and Namu, The Killer Whale.
Live theatre continues to be Lee's first love. Her credits include the female version of The Odd Couple, Last Summer at Blue Fish Cove, The Business of Murder, Follies, and Country Matters. More recent productions include the musicals Hello Dolly, Mame, The King and I, I Do, Pirates of Penzance, Nunsense and four national tours of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite with her husband, Marshall Borden. Lee is actively with a number of humanitarian endeavors and charities.
With an innate combination of beauty, charm, and talent, Ali Hillis has landed a succession of diverse and memorable film roles, including Alexia in The Ultimate Gift. She reprises that role in THE ULTIMATE LIFE. Other credits include Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Must Love Dogs, Heartbreak Kid, Over My Dead Body, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, SpaceBuddies, Adrift: OWII, Throwing Stars, and Nesting. In addition to numerous guest roles on television, Ali can also be heard as a voiceover actress for gaming and anime character roles. Ali lives in Los Angeles with her three rescue dogs and hedge fund manager husband, who is also part owner of the New York City hot spot Brother Jimmy's BBQ where the two met.
An Ohio native, Logan Bartholomew began modeling at the age of 15 before moving into acting. While he eventually would like to try directing and producing, he's focused on his acting. His screen work includes American Wedding, the Michael Landon Jr. Hallmark drama Love's Enduring Promise, and the new coming-of-age drama Nearing Grace. TV credits include "CSI: NY," "Close to Home," "Ghost Whisperer," "CSI: Miami," "Hawaii Five–0," and "Revenge." He has appeared on stage in Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach, and Buried Child. Logan lives in Los Angeles, but remains a loyal fan of the Cleveland Indians.
After appearing in print ads as a baby, Abigail Mavity began acting at age 3 and has regularly appeared in films, TV, and commercials since. Her first big break was in 2001 on the NBC series Fighting Fitzgeralds. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 2003 for her role on the TV series Haunted, and she's been nominated for awards for her role on Zeke and Luther. She has guest-starred in numerous TV shows and has had leading roles in two Hallmark movies. Abigail resides in Southern California where she attends college while continuing acting.
Elizabeth Bennett began her career as a singer, performing in operettas and musicals in Washington, D.C. her hometown. While studying musical theater at Syracuse University, she was cast by director Barry Levinson in Liberty Heights and her interest quickly changed to film acting. Elizabeth has appeared in many TV shows, including NCIS, Castle, Heroes, CSI:NY, CSI: Miami, Happy Family, and Point Pleasant. Her made-for-TV movie credits include Helter Skelter and Matchmaker Santa. Elizabeth and her husband Jeremy Shipp have a young son and live in L.A.
Originally from Haiti, Bechir Sylvain is an actor, writer, and co-creator of the award-winning web series Make It Happen. He is also the co-founder and vice president of Ground Up and Rising, an award-winning and critically acclaimed theater company in Miami. Bechir began acting in high school and studied acting in college at both Miami Dade and Southern Methodist. Since his first professional role in 2004, Bechir has appeared on television's "Burn Notice" and "Love That Girl" and has been in a number of movies and shorts, including Serial Dater, Know Thy Enemy, and Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus.
Jack DePew is best known for his recurring role in the television series "GCB," in which he played Kristen Chenoweth's son. He also has been in "Big Time Rush," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Pair of Kings," and "iCarly." He also was in a pilot directed by Shawn Levy called "Family Album."
Michael Landon Jr., director of THE ULTIMATE LIFE, is the son of the late television legend Michael Landon and has been in the film business for more than 25 years. Educated at USC and a Directing Fellow graduate of the American Film Institute, he has worked in nearly every capacity of the moviemaking process. He has developed, produced, directed, or written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, and Hallmark.
His award-winning film Love Comes Softly was the highest-rated movie in the history of the Hallmark Channel—by 40 percent—until its sequel, Love's Enduring Promise, surpassed it, giving him the top two highest-rated movies in the network's history. He has since written, directed, or produced eight more installments of the Love Comes Softly series of films. The DVD release of Love Comes Softly was the top-selling DVD in the Christian Booksellers Association market for three straight years.
In 2005, Michael formed Believe Pictures, with partner Brian Bird. The production company's first film was the theatrically released The Last Sin Eater. Their second film, Saving Sarah Cain, aired on Lifetime with record viewer numbers. His first foray into animation was The Velveteen Rabbit, a combination of live action and animation. Jamaa, a film inspired by a true story, was shot in Unganda for the relief organization World Vision, which now presents it in churches across the country, leading to sponsorship of more than 2,000 children! His latest film is Beverly Lewis' The Shunning, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel and is now available on DVD.
Michael co-authored One More Sunrise, his first novel with best-selling author Tracie Peterson. His second novel, The Silent Gift, was co-authored with long time writing partner Cindy Kelley. He is currently working on his third novel with veteran novelist Joe Hilley.
With more than 30 years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director, and entrepreneur, Rick Eldridge makes projects happen. From sports programming, live production, and animated series to feature films, Rick has been involved in every facet of creative development and production management in the entertainment industry. He has worked directly with the most respected names in the entertainment industry including Universal, Disney, and ESPN, to name a few. His theatrical projects include The Ultimate Gift, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, and The Perfect Game. In addition to THE ULTIMATE LIFE, Rick is also working on an animated theatrical feature of his beloved "Hermie" animated series.
Rick is President and CEO of ReelWorks Studios a multifaceted film and video post-production company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Under the same roof is GlueWorks Creative Management, his award-winning animation company that has created "Hermie & Friends," "Gigi," "The Pond," and "On the Farm." Rick is also a respected leader who serves on the boards of numerous colleges and organizations.
Jim Stovall has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, the president of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought-after author and platform speaker. He is the author of the bestselling book, The Ultimate Gift, which was made into a major motion picture starring James Garner. THE ULTIMATE LIFE, opening in theaters September 6, is both a sequel and prequel to The Ultimate Gift and is based on his books. You can also see Jim in both movies as a limo driver.
For his work in making television accessible to the nation's 13 million blind and visually impaired people, The President's Committee on Equal Opportunity selected Jim as the Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also chosen as the International Humanitarian of the Year, joining Jimmy Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Mother Teresa as recipients of this honor. Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes magazine, says, "Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era."