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ONE FOR THE MONEY (2012)
ABOUT THE CAST
Release Date: January 27, 2012
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Julie Ann Robinson
Screenwriter: Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz Brixius
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara
Genre: Action, Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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CAST INFO

Katherine Heigl (Stephanie Plum, Executive Producer) became a box-office sensation starring first in Judd Apatow's smash hit comedy, "Knocked  Up," followed by a starring turn with Ed Burns and James Marsden  in the romantic comedy, "27 Dresses," and then opposite Gerard Butler in the romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth," which she also executive produced.  These earned Heigl "Female Star of the Year" honors at the 2010 ShoWest awards.

Heigl will next be seen starring in Gary Marshall's "New Year's Eve" opposite Jon Bon Jovi for New Line Pictures, and recently completed filming on "The Wedding" alongside Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace. 

Heigl's film credits include "Life As We Know It," opposite Josh Duhamel, directed by Greg Berlanti; the action comedy "Killers," opposite Ashton Kutcher for director Robert Luketic; the comedy "The Ringer"; Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed depression-era drama "King of the Hill"; "Under Seige 2: Dark Territory"; "Stand-Ins" and "That Night." Her first feature film leading role was in Touchstone Pictures' "My Father the Hero," starring opposite Gerard Depardieu.

Heigl will star in "The Knitting Circle" for HBO Films, executive producing the project with her mother and producing partner, Nancy Heigl, under their Abishag banner, alongside Pine Street Pictures.  Craig Wright is writing the screenplay adaptation, based on the best-selling novel by Ann Hood. Abishag also recently announced that they will executive produce an original series, "Trending," for The CW Network. They are partnering with Lakeshore Entertainment and CBS TV Studios on the project.  Gren Wells is writing the pilot.

On television, for six seasons, Heigl portrayed ‘Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens', the small-town girl constantly battling for respect amongst her peers, on ABC's critically acclaimed drama "Grey's Anatomy." In 2007, Heigl earned a Primetime Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe® nomination for her performance. Heigl also starred on the WB sci-fi drama series, " Roswell."

In May of 2009, Katherine Heigl and her mother Nancy launched the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation in honor of her older brother, who died much too young in an automobile accident and whose strong, compassionate nature and great love of animals was the cornerstone of their endeavors.  The Heigls are using their resources to work directly to address the pet population crises in Los Angeles and across the country. 

Toward that goal, the Foundation launched the "Compassion Revolution" in September of 2010, pledging over one million dollars to a variety of low cost and free spay/neuter programs in Los Angeles and surrounding counties, as a key component to reducing the number of animals in shelters. The Foundation also presently funds pet education programs, actively supports pet adoption programs, and fund and supports small dog transport from local kill shelters to both no kill shelters and rescues facilities throughout the country.  To date the Foundation has funded the transport of over 4500 animals out of high kill shelters to areas where they are rapidly adopted.

Jason O'Mara (Joseph Morelli) stars in the Fox series "Terra Nova." The science-fiction drama, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, premiered on September 26, 2011. The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first colony established in prehistoric Earth, as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. O'Mara stars as the show's patriarch, ‘Jim Shannon.'

O'Mara made his U.S. television debut in 2001 as ‘Lt. Thomas Meehan' in the Emmy® award-winning and critically acclaimed HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers." The following year, O'Mara starred as a regular on the CBS espionage series, "The Agency." He then continued to establish himself by taking multi-episode character arcs on several hit television series' including "Grey's Anatomy," "Men in Trees" and "The Closer." In 2006, O'Mara starred opposite Kyle MacLachlan in the crime drama series "In Justice."

In 2007, O'Mara made his feature film debut opposite Milla Jovovich in "Resident Evil: Extinction." Returning to television in 2008, he notably starred as time-traveling detective "Sam Tyler" in ABC's U.S. adaptation of the British drama series "Life on Mars." Although the series only aired for one season, O'Mara received critical accolades for his performance.

Born and raised in Ireland, O'Mara never planned on acting as a profession. He was an avid rugby player and it wasn't until he suffered a sports injury that he was introduced to acting. While recovering, O'Mara tried out for the school play and won a part. The thrill of opening night sealed his fate, and his former passion for sports transferred to acting. He then attended Trinity College in Dublin, where he received his degree in drama.

His British television credits include the BAFTA-winning "Playing the Field," " Berkeley Square" and the hugely popular "Monarch of the Glen."

On the London stage, O'Mara appeared in "Popcorn" at the Apollo Theatre, "The Jew of Malta" at the Almeida Theatre and "The School for Scandal" with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He went on to join the ensemble of the award-winning production of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming" with Ian Holm, which played in Dublin, London and at Lincoln Center in New York. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2002 Irish Theatre Awards for his performance in "Bash," written and directed by Neil LaBute. Returning to the London stage in 2010, O'Mara starred in "Serenading Louie" at the world-famous Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden.

O'Mara is married to actress Paige Turco and has one son, David. The family divides their time between New York and Los Angeles, and makes frequent trips to Ireland.

Daniel Sunjata (Ranger) is best known for his portrayal of firefighter ‘Franco Rivera' in the critically-acclaimed FX series "Rescue Me" opposite Denis Leary for seven seasons. In 2006, Sunjata portrayed fashion designer ‘James Holt,' in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel, "The Devil Wears Prada," starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway and in the romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" alongside Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey.

Sunjata's additional film credits include "Bad Company," which starred Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock; the 2004 Woody Allen film "Melinda Melinda" opposite Will Ferrell; and "Noel," starring Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon. Sunjata garnered rave reviews for his portrayals of Langston Hughes in the 2004 Rodney Evans film "Brother to Brother" as well as legendary baseball player Reggie Jackson in the ESPN TV series, "The Bronx is Burning." Sunjata's other television credits include notable appearances on "Love Monkey," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Sex and the City," Showtime's film "The Feast of All Saints" and starring role alongside Andie MacDowell in "At Risk" and "The Front" - two movies adapted from the novels of America's #1 best-selling crime-writer Patricia Cornwell. Sunjata's repertoire is not only limited to film and television though. He was nominated for a Tony award for his role as ‘Darren Lemming' in "Take Me Out," the 2003 Tony award-winning play by Richard Greenberg. He has also appeared in "Henry VIII" at the New York Shakespeare Festival, "Twelfth Night" at the Guthrie Theater and "Cyrano de Bergerac" opposite Kevin Klein at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.          

Born in Evanston, IL, Sunjata was raised in Chicago and graduated from Mount Carmel High School. He did his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University and the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and received his Masters degree in Fine Arts from New York University.

  Sunjata recently wrapped production on the next installment of the Christopher Nolan "Batman" franchise in "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises" opposite Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. He will next be seen in the independent drama "Gone" opposite Amanda Seyfried.

Sunjata currently resides in Los Angeles.

A multi-faceted performer and Primetime Emmy® Award winner, John Leguizamo (Jimmy Alpha) has established a career that defies categorization. With boundless energy and creativity, his work in film, theatre, television and literature covers a variety of genres, continually threatening to create a few of its own.

Leguizamo can most recently be seen in "The Lincoln Lawyer" opposite Matthew McConaughey and the independent film "Vanishing on 7th Street" opposite Thandie Newton and Hayden Christensen. He also reprised his voice-over role of ‘Sid' in "Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" which was released with box office success in 2009.

In 2008, Leguizamo starred in Overture Films' "Nothing Like the Holidays" opposite Debra Messing and Alfred Molina. In addition to this, Leguizamo starred in the independent film "Where God Left His Shoes," in which he plays a struggling boxer desperately seeking a home for his family during the holidays.

Leguizamo's other recent film credits include "Love in the Time of Cholera," "The Happening," "Righteous Kill," "The Babysitters," and "The Take." In addition, Leguizamo has led his talents to a slew of other films including "Gamer," "Miracle at St. Anna," "Land of the Dead," "The Groomsmen," "Lies & Alibis," "Assault on Precinct 13," "Sueno," "Spin," "Moulin Rouge," "Summer of Sam," "King of the Jungle," "Spawn," "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet," "Dr. Doolittle," "Carlito's Way" and "Casualties of War."

For his performance as a sensitive drag queen in "Too Wong Foo: Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar," Leguizamo garnered a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. John also won the ALMA Award for Best Lead Actor in "Nothing Like the Holidays." Leguizamo has previously received ALMA Award nominations for his roles in "Moulin Rouge" (Best Supporting Actor) and "King of the Jungle" (Best Lead Actor).

In the summer of 2007, Leguizamo returned to television in Spike TV's limited series "The Kill Point," in which he played the leader of a gang of bank robbers who had recently returned from serving in Iraq. Additionally, the ever versatile Leguizamo appeared as a guest star in twelve episodes of NBC's cornerstone drama "ER" during the 2005/2006 season, and in 2006 did a guest star arc on the NBC hit "My Name is Earl."

Going back to his theatrical roots, Leguizamo recently returned to Broadway in a revival of David Mamet's "American Buffalo," which centers around the twisted plot of three men attempting to steal a rare coin.

In 1991, Leguizamo created an off-Broadway sensation as the writer and performer of his one-man show "Mambo Mouth," in which he portrayed seven different characters. He received Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Vanguardia awards for his performance. The play's HBO special led to his first television comedy special, Comedy Central's "The Talent Pool," for which he received a CableACE Award. His second one-man show, "Spic-O-Rama," had an extended sold-out run in Chicago at the Goodman and Briar Street theaters before opening in New York. The play received numerous accolades including the Dramatists' Guild Hull-Warriner Award for Best American Play and the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Broadway Performance. Leguizamo received the Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent, as well as a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance. "Spic-O-Rama" also aired on HBO, receiving four CableACE Awards.

"Freak," Leguizamo's third one-man show, billed as a "Semi-Demi-Quasi-Pseudo Autobiography," ended a successful run on Broadway in 1998. Along with the Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, Leguizamo won the Drama Desk and the Outer Critic's Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance. A special presentation of "Freak," directed by Spike Lee, aired on HBO and earned Leguizamo the Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program as well as a nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

In the fall of 2001 Leguizamo returned to Broadway with "Sexaholix...a Love Story." Directed by Peter Askin, the play is based on the sold-out national tour, "John Leguizamo Live!" Leguizamo was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for "Outstanding Solo Performance" and the show received a Tony nomination for Best Special Theatrical Performance. "Sexaholix" aired as an HBO Special in Spring 2002 and also toured the country.

Additional stage credits include "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "La Puta Vida" at the New York Shakespeare Festival and "Parting Gestures" at INTAR.

To add to his list of attributes, Leguizamo is also an accomplished author. He recently penned his autobiography "Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends," which was released by Harper Collins in October 2006. The New York Times called the book "brutally funny," while USA Today coined Leguizamo as "one of the most exciting talents to come along in some time."

Raised in New York City, Leguizamo studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Wynn Handman at New York University. He was the recipient of the 2002 ALMA Award for Entertainer of the Year. Leguizamo currently resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

Whether on stage or screen, Daytime Emmy ® Award-winner Sherri Shepherd 's (Lula) magnetic personality and hila rious sense of humor never fail to delight audiences.

As one of the co-hosts on ‘The View," she was a part of groundbreaking history in August 2009, when the Daytime Emmy ® for Outstanding Talk Show Host was awarded to the multiple talk show hosts of "The View." That same year the co-hosts were chosen as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time , while Forbes ranked "The View" #11 among "30 of the Most Influential Women in Media."

Sherri, in addition to daytime, has been a memorable player in primetime for years. She is currently a frequent guest star on the Emmy ® A ward-winning series "30 Rock " as ‘Angie Jordan,' the wife of Tracy Morgan 's character. She was the Executive Producer and star of her own sitcom "Sherri " on Lifetime and has made laugh out loud appearances in "Less than Perfect, " "Everybody Loves Raymond , " "Joan of Arcadia , " "Suddenly Susan " and "The Jamie Foxx Show. "

Sherri most recently wrapped production on Steve Harvey's "Think Like a Man " and has appeared in such feature films as the award-winning film "Precious" based on the novel Push by Sapphire as well as "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa , " "Guess Who, " "Who's Your Caddy, " "Beauty Shop " and "Cellular."

She is the author of a humorous autobiography, "Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Yourself a Break " (Grand Central Publishing) and has also had a successful run in the critically-acclaimed, off-Broadway hit, "Love, Loss and What I Wore."

Sherri is a celebrity spokesperson for March of Dimes and helped it kick off the 2010 "March for Babies" by ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. She is also the national spokesperson for the YAI National Institute.

She has a six-year-old son Jeffrey and recently married Lamar Sally. Their wedding was captured by The Style Network and "Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets Married" garnered the highest ratings for a wedding special on the network.

They reside in New York City.

As star of more than thirty motion pictures, to Broadway shows, two television series, as well as a dozen of television appearances here and abroad, in 2011 Debbie Reynolds (Grandma Mazur) celebrates her 63 rd year in show business. Born Mary Frances Reynolds on April Fools' Day, 1932 in El Paso, Texas, she moved with her parents and her brother to Burbank, California when she was seven years old. An enthusiastic and energetic child she excelled in sports (particularly sandlot baseball), Girl Scouts, baton twirling and in music, where her specialty was the French horn.

Her early comedic talents first came to light when she auditioned for dramatic roles in school plays and found everyone laughing at her "serious" readings. Failing that, she had to content herself with doing "everything from the sound machine to the thunder and the lightning offstage," but she never made it to an onstage appearance.

At age 16 she entered a local beauty contest sponsored by Lockheed aircraft. Never considered one of the "beauties," she won on the strength of a lip-synching rendition of Betty Hutton singing "I'm Just A Square in a Social Circle." Two of the judges that night were talent scouts from Warner Bros. and MGM. On the flip of a coin, the Warner Bros. scout Solly Baiano, got first dibs at a screen test for Mary Frances. The test lead to a contract and the little girl's name was changed to "Debbie" by Jack Warner himself!

Debbie made her screen debut with June Haver and James Barton in "The Daughter of Rosie O. Grady." Her first big break came in the MGM musical starring Fred Astaire and Red Skelton, "Three Little Words" in which she portrayed ‘Helen Kane,' the boop-boop-a-doop girl of the late 1930s. A subsequent performance in a Busby Berkeley musical, "Two Weeks With Love," convinced the legendary L.B. Mayer to choose her for the leading female role, in what became one of the greatest screen musicals of all time: "Singin' In The Rain," starring Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor.

Over a ten-year period, Debbie made more than twenty-five films, including "How The West Was Won," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (for which she was nominated for an Oscar®), "Susan Slept Here," "The Tender Trap," "Tammy and The Bachelor," "The Pleasure of His Company," "Mary Mary," "Divorce American Style," "Goodbye Charlie," "The Rat Race," "Mother" and "In and Out."

Her recording of "Abba Dabba Honeymoon" (from "Two Weeks In Love") and "Tammy" (from "Tammy and The Bachelor") both sold more than a million copies. In the mid-1960s Debbie put together her first nightclub act, which debuted at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. In the forty some years since she has been a headliner on the casino circuit from Reno Tahoe and Las Vegas to Atlanta city to the famed London Palladium, as well as in concert in every major American city, touring on the average of forty-four weeks a year.

In 1973, she took a break from her nightclub appearances to star in the Broadway revival of "Irene" (it being the first stage show to open the Minskoff Theater), breaking all previous records for a Broadway musical, and being the first person ever to be nominated for a Tony award before the show had officially opened! After an enormously successful national tour of the show Debbie returned to the musical stage with another hit revival of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun," directed by the late Gower Champion (who also directed "Irene"). In 1983 she returned to Broadway again (this time at the famed Palace Theatre) to star the hit musical "Woman Of The Year." In 1989 and Debbie did a very successful national tour of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."

Debbie's off-screen, off-stage life has been as active and versatile. Mother of two children, actress/writer Carrie Fisher and son, Todd Fischer. In 1992, Carrie made her a grandmother by giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, Billie Catherine.

She has been a lifelong supporter and fundraiser for the Girl Scouts, the founder President of The Thalians, a charitable organization which has raised millions of dollars for emotionally disturbed children and AIDS patients located at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Since the late 1960s, she has been actively involved in a project closest her heart, the collection and preservation of memorabilia from Hollywood's first half century of film making, gathering thousands of costumes props and mementos of Hollywood studios and their greatest stars. While her dream of creating the largest individual collection of Hollywood memorabilia did not come to fruition, she is currently in the second phase of auctioning off her many of her possessions for excited fans worldwide.

The late 1970s anticipating her eventual retirement from performing, Debbie established at the Debbie Reynolds professional rehearsal studios in North Hollywood, California, which has since become one of the entertainment industry's leading rehearsal, as well as professional training studios.

In 1987, Debbie has published her widely read memoir "Debbie, My Life," (co-written with David Patrick Columbia) with William Morrow & Co., publisher.

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