A look at the hippie girls who gave unswerving loyalty and love to their crazed guru, Charles Manson. The group includes Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkel, who followed Manson's orders to commit mass murder, and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who later tried to assassinate President Ford.
The story of Chevie O'Brien Kehoe, who was taught to be a white supremacist by his father and then went on a crime and murder spree.
Is Wayne Williams the monster responsible for killing 29 African Americans between 1979 and 1981? Or did the prosecution in Williams' trial withhold evidence that white supremacists were responsible? This in-depth probe explores the continuing controversy over the infamous Atlanta child murders that shocked the nation. We'll hear from the prosecutors, the defense attorney, a mother of one of the victims, and Williams, who keeps fighting for a new trial after nearly two decades in prison.
Explore our collection of Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winners, including Ang Lee, Vittorio de Sica, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Jacques Tati, Ingmar Bergman, Luis Buñuel, François Truffaut and Roberto Benigni. See full biographies, photos and videos, only at Biography.com.
Explore our collection of Best Original Score Oscar winners, including Bernard Herrmann, Aaron Copland, John Williams, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Burt Bacharach, Charlie Chaplin and Prince. See full biographies, photos and videos, only at Biography.com.
Explore our collection of Best Supporting Actress Oscar winners, including Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Octavia Spencer, Juliette Binoche, Marisa Tomei and Whoopi Goldberg. View full biographies, photos and videos, only at Biography.com.
In the past, witches—or those alleged to be witches—were burned at the stake. They are a Halloween staple, portrayed as cackling, cauldron-stirring evil-doers. Far from such eerie depictions are the portrayals of witches in film and on television. Played by glamorous actresses, these witches have no warts on their faces, but rather ordinary lives and good intentions—with some supernatural powers to contend with. Here are some of the witches who have brought witchcraft into today's pop culture, on the big and small screens.
Since its emergence in the American South in the early 19th century, country music has evolved into one of the most popular mainstream musical genres. Modern-day country musicians, such as Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Taylor Swift, maintain steadfast fan bases and turn huge profits with their albums.
But country musicians weren’t always pop culture superstars; in the 1920s, U.S. immigrants formed the backbone of what was known as “hillbilly music.” Their explorations of the rural experience, from the depths of poverty to the height of pastoral life, became the voice of a growing, but often ignored, American subculture. These relatively unknown musicians influenced the later standout stars of country music, including Johnny Cash, Dale Evans and Hank Williams.
And the rise of country music is far from over. Its ever-changing sound—an amalgam of folk, gospel, rockabilly, bluegrass, and even urban rock—continues to pave the way for new musical innovators.
Explore some of the most famous figures featured in biopics and the leading actors who portrayed them, including President Abraham Lincoln and his mimic in Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis; White House butler Eugene Allen and The Butler's leading man, Forest Whitaker; Etta James and Cadillac Records star Beyoncé Knowles; Ray Charles and his Academy Award-winning portrayer, Jamie Foxx; and Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige, who play Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, respectively, in the Lifetime original movie Betty & Coretta (2013).
African-Americans have a long history of activism in America, from fighting for the right to vote to pushing for integrated public spaces. Activists like Stokely Carmichael organized freedom rides, James Meredith fought to integrate blacks and whites at the University of Mississippi, and Rosa Parks instigated the Montgomery Bus Boycott. These protests were often legal and nonviolent, and made a powerful impact on civil rights in the United States. With the help of activists like these—and many others—the country slowly worked to acknowledge the basic rights and contributions of African-Americans. Activists outisde of the U.S. include Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, who have fought against apartheid in South Africa. Learn more about the many black activists who fought against the odds in order to achieve equality.
From film to television to the stage, African-American actors have been credited with a wide range of acclaimed and pioneering cinematic works, including Malcolm X, The Last King of Scotland, Remember the Titans, Training Day, Man on Fire, Ali and Ray. Explore our collection of famous black actors, including Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith and Richard Pryor.
They've made us laugh. They've made us cry. They've made us nostalgic, and they've even made us vengeful. They're among Hollywood's most famous black actresses, appearing in classic films like The Color Purple, Poetic Justice, Soul Food, Dreamgirls and The Help, as well as on television and on the stage. Explore our collection of famous black actresses, including Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne and Angela Bassett.
They are the famous African-American artists who have exquisitely shared portrayals of historic events and individuals, cultural perspectives, and the experiences and struggles of minorities through their artwork. Examine our list of pivotal black artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, who helped to bring African-American and Latino experiences into the elite art world through his graffiti works; Augusta Savage, a sculptor and leading artist of the Harlem Renaissance, who experienced racial discrimination by an art program's selection committee; and Kara Walker, who has used paper silhouettes to depict race and gender relations.
They've sprinted, served, batted, slam-dunked and TKO'd their way into sports history. Sprinter Jesse Owens's Olympic triumphs put Hitler to shame. Basketball star Michael Jordan taught kids that they could fly. Gymnast Gabby Douglas showed that champions can come in pint-size packages, and Tiger Woods brought the game of golf to another level. Explore biographies of famous black athletes who broke records and barriers and, ultimately, captured our imaginations.
From the early comedy of Nipsey Russell, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby to the contemporary routines of Steve Harvey, Mo'Nique, Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Craig Robinson, Maya Rudolph and Dave Chappelle, black comedians have often used their wit to become the voice and face of the African-American experience. These legendary comedians have also set a very high bar—not only for African Americans, but for all comics trying to make it in show business. Learn more about these famous jokesters, from their early days to their comic beginnings, to their side-splitting performances and more.
Black entertainers have thrilled us like no other. Whether it be trailblazing comedians like Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, the soulful voices of Louis Armstrong and Whitney Houston, the featherlight moonwalk of Michael Jackson, or the heartfelt, thought-provoking conversations of talk show icon Oprah Winfrey, browse our collection of famous black entertainers and learn how their contributions have changed the entertainment world forever.
Explore our collection of famous black entrepreneurs, including L.A. Reid, Tyler Perry, Tyra Banks, Magic Johnson, George Foreman, Madam C.J. Walker, Wally Amos, Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons, Will Smith, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Queen Latifah, Richard D. Parsons, Robert L. Johnson, Sheila Johnson, Don King, Berry Gordy Jr., Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z, Usher and Oprah Winfrey.
From comedies to history to modern-day dramas, black filmmakers like Tyler Perry, John Singleton, Spike Lee and Gordon Parks have contributed their unique cultural perspectives in Hollywood, and have inspired countless other aspiring black directors and producers to do the same.
Black History Month brings to the forefront the inspiring stories of African-American icons—many of whom overcame great odds to leave their mark on the United States. In celebration of Black History Month, explore our Black History collection and learn more about the black individuals who have made extraordinary achievements in their fields, including inventors such as George Washington Carver, activists like Malcolm X and Rosa Parks, athletes such as Willie Mays and Michael Jordan, and entertainers like Bessie Smith and Oprah Winfrey. Their names, as well as their personal histories, have become synonymous with the rich legacy that is African-American culture.
They are among history's most revered black inventors, known for their relentless inquisition, passionate research, impeccable design and, most importantly, their desire to push the envelope. Some of the world's greatest technological and social advancements, including the modern-day gas mask, light bulb and traffic light, owe their origins to black inventors. Did you know that George Washington Carver developed more than 100 products using peanuts? Or that Madam C.J. Walker was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire? Learn more about these inventors, as well as Lonnie G. Johnson, Garrett Morgan, Patricia Bath, Percy Julian and more, at Biography.com.
Learn more about black history's most esteemed legal professionals, from African-American pioneers such as George Washington Williams and Constance Baker Motley, to legendary Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Thurgood Marshall, to high-profile Harvard grads Barack and Michelle Obama, and many more. Explore our list of famous black lawyers, including full biographies, photo galleries and videos, only on Biography.com.
Spanning jazz to soul to funk, to more contemporary genres like R&B, rap and pop, African-American musicians are responsible for chart-topping hits like "I Feel Good," "Respect," "Georgia on My Mind," "Let The Good Times Roll," "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Thriller." Explore our collection of famous black musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, James Brown, Little Richard, Beyoncé Knowles, and more.
When it comes to famous black scientists, George Washington Carver, Mae C. Jemison, and Neil deGrasse Tyson probably come to mind. But do you know about Otis Boykin and how he's helped old hearts beat a little better? And how about Garrett Morgan, whose inventions have kept hair straighter, clothes fitter and traffic more efficient? Get more on these famous black scientists and more, only at Biography.com.
From Whitney Houston's unbelievable vocal range to Michael Jackson's spot-on pitch and unforgettable choreography, these are the famous black singers who, together, have unequivocally defined pop culture for the masses for more than a century. Explore this group to learn more about some of the world's most renowned African-American vocalists, including Josephine Baker, Whitney Houston, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé Knowles, Chuck Berry, Nina Simone, Mary J. Blige, André 3000, Janet Jackson and Gladys Knight.
They are the famous African-American writers who have fearlessly examined cultural stigmas, provided intimate life details, presented new ideas and created remarkable fiction through literary works. For their prophetic genius, these men and women have received Pulitzer Prizes, NAACP awards and even Nobel Prizes, among other honors. Our list of prominent African-American authors includes Toni Morrison, who has detailed the lives of black characters who struggle with identity amidst racism and hostility; Langston Hughes, a founder of the Harlem Renaissance; and Maya Angelou, who has eloquently chronicled various eras of her life through her autobiographies.
In the 1940s and 1950s, the United States was in the grips of a "red scare." Many prominent individuals suspected of sympathizing with liberal or humanitarian causes were branded a communist threat, and even accused of espionage. Hollywood was a major focus of the accusations, and after 10 actors refused to testify in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the blacklist was created. Hundreds of actors, actresses, directors, screenwriters and other entertainment professionals were barred from working. Here are some of the famous people who were on the Hollywood blacklist.
The "high, lonesome" style that defines the bluegrass sound comes from the experiences of the music's original composers, the Scots-Irish immigrants of Appalachia. Early bluegrass musician Lester Flatt brought the sound of the genre into the popular lexicon in 1948, when he helped found The Foggy Mountain Boys. He was joined by fellow musician Earl Scruggs, who expertly picked his banjo in the three-finger style that is carried on in the music of bluegrass great Ricky Skaggs. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Alison Krauss snagged more than 26 Grammy awards for putting a contemporary twist on the music of her bluegrass predecessors—proof that the genre still resonantes with listeners.
Born from the tradition of African spirituals and influenced by American folk and country music, the blues is a genre of musical storytellers. First recorded in the 1900s, the blues were played by a soulful lot of acoustic musicians that handed down their songs to pioneering bluesmen such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Buddy Guy, among many others. Browse through the legendary artists who changed music history singing the blues.
Musical duo Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston married in 1992, and had one daughter, Bobby Kristina. In 2003, Brown was arrested for misdemeanor battery, for allegedly hitting Houston and shouting epithets. That didn't stop the family from starring in their own reality show, Being Bobby Brown, in 2005. Two years later Houston and Brown divorced.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were the most famous gangster couple in history, made more so by the 1967 Oscar-winning film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. From 1932 to 1934, during the height of the Great Depression, their gang evolved from petty theives to nationally-known bank robbers and murderers. Though a burgeoning yellow press romanticized their exploits, the gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as several robberies and kidnappings. The spree ended when they were betrayed by a friend and shot dead at a police roadblock in Louisiana on May 23, 1934.
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They can be chainsaw wielding maniacs, creatures from another dimension, or supernatural presences. Horror film monsters frighten, haunt and shock us. Meet some of our favorite horror film actors.
There's nothing like a good scary novel to get us in the Halloween mood. Get to know legendary writers of the horror genre whose vivid descriptions have have kept us on the edge of our seats, chapter after chapter.
Plus, it's been said that one burns more calories watching a scary, suspenseful movie than other film genre. Their creative visions unsettle, shock and haunt us—then leave us begging for more. Meet some of the biggest horror-film directors in Hollywood.
Find out more about some of the world's boxing legends, including Muhammad Ali, Rubin Carter, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jake LaMotta, Joe Frazier and Vincent Gigante. Examine the lives of some of the most talented boxers to step foot in the ring in recent years, including Laila Ali, Mike Tyson, Claressa Shields and Floyd Mayweather. Find all of this, and more, in Biography.com's famous boxers group.
Learn more about the members of the incredibly popular R&B boy band Boyz II Men, including Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris, Michael McCary and Marc Nelson. The group skyrocketed to fame in the 1990s with their soothing ballads, dance hits and soulful grooves. Explore this group for full biographies, photos, videos and more, only at Biography.com.
Few people know the challenges that go along with fighting breast cancer. Aside from the powerful women who have to fight the illness, family, friends and colleagues band together during these trying times as well. And those women who survive the hardships that go along with the affliction—particularly those in the public eye, such as Nancy Reagan, Melissa Etheridge and Wanda Sykes—become inspirations for women everywhere to get checked regularly and stand up to breast cancer. Browse through our group to see the courageous women who triumphed in their fight against breast cancer.
In July 2004, after three months of dating, Britney Spears got engaged to backup dancer Kevin Federline. They married in September, and had two sons together. Spears filed for divorce in November 2006. In 2007, Federline was awarded custody of their children, as well as $20,000 a month in child support, after Spears experienced a breakdown. She's since cleaned up her act and has increased visitation rights.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid led the Wild Bunch through a series of bank and train robberies across the American Old West. Their exploits served as the basis for the 1967 Oscar-winning film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
When it comes to the campaign trail, these politicians aren't just hungry for votes, they're also hungry for the regional grub... (although, considering they are indeed politicians, they probably know that being seen gorging at a local eatery doesn't hurt in the PR factor). Explore our photographic homage on the art of political eating and realize that at least in this arena, all parties can come to an agreement that it does their image good. Click here for photo gallery: http://ow.ly/dsxzd
America wasn't discovered, it was built. At the end of the Civil War, America was seen as a failing experiment in democracy; a nation fraying from the inside and at war with itself. Just 50 years later, the United States was the greatest superpower the world had ever seen. This landmark transition was due in no small part to a group of business-savvy, innovative young men: John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan and Thomas Edison. These men constructed a bold vision for a modern America and transformed the greatest industries of our time, including oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobiles and finance; they are unequivocally America's first captains of industry.
In November 1998, Baywatch actress and Playboy model Carmen Electra wed eccentric basketball star (and sometime cross-dresser) Dennis Rodman in Las Vegas. Rodman filed for an annullment nine days later, claiming he was drunk at the ceremony. The couple had an on-and-off relationship until they divorced the next year, and in the meantime both were arrested for a domestic disturbance.
America was introduced to the newest—and possibly the most dysfuctional—family to premiere on television with Arrested Development in 2003. The wealthy Bluths saw their lives come crashing down before them after the arrest of family patriarch George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor). Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) is left to pick up the pieces and keep his family together, creating a hilarious dynamic between the ragtag cast, including Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera and Will Arnett. Several years after its 2006 cancelation, the series came back into the spotlight in 2013—due in no small part to its enormous, cult-like following.
Explore our collection of the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210, the dramatic and wildly popular high school series that ran for a decade, from 1990 to 2000. Cast members include Brian Austin Green, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Luke Perry and Tiffani Thiessen.
Learn more about the actors who played the beloved barflies of Cheers, America's favorite faux Boston pub. The cast of the television series Cheers, which ran for 11 seasons, included Woody Harrelson, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelsey Grammer, Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, Shelley Long and John Ratzenberger.
The famous dance-competition show Dancing with the Stars has seen more than a dozen seasons and a gamut of stars, including Apolo Anton Ohno, Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Jennifer Grey, David Hasselhoff, Buzz Aldrin, Brandy, Wynonna Judd, Dorothy Hamill, D.L. Hughley, Mýa, Jacoby Jones, Ingo Rademacher and Aly Raisman. Learn more about the show's contestants, who, for a period, swapped their skills as athletes, actors, musicians, comedians, TV personalities and politicians for a chance to show off their footwork on national TV.
Travel back in time with the cast of Doctor Who, the long-running and incredibly popular British sci-fi series starring Matt Smith, Karren Gillan, Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston, Arthur Darvill, Christopher Eccleston, Paul Kasey and more. Explore our collection of Doctor Who cast members to learn more about the stars and the history of this acclaimed series.
Explore the on-screen family heritage of Lord Crawley, the cast of the popular British period drama series Downton Abbey, including Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens, Laura Carmichael, Shirley Maclaine, Paul Giamatti and more.
Browse our collection of Growing Pains cast members and learn more about Alan Thicke, known to 1980s television audiences as Dr. Jason Seaver; Joanna Kerns, the face of Maggie Seaver; Tracey Gold, who played the Seavers' daughter, Carol; and Kirk Cameron, who played Mike, the elder brother of the Seaver clan.
In true Albus Dumbledore fashion, Biography.com examines and provides insight on the cast of the illustrious Harry Potter film series, based on the popular books by author J.K. Rowling. Debuting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and ending with the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the eight-part film series continues to wow fans with its tales of witchcraft and wizardry. It also includes a gamut of stars, from Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the famous Harry; to Emma Watson, who plays Harry's best friend, Hermione; to Alan Rickman, known for his villainous role as Severus Snape; to Robert Pattinson, who plays the attractive Cedric Diggory, Harry's Triwizard Tournament rival; and more.
Find out more about the cast of the 2013 Alfred Hitchock biopic, Hitchcock, including the star of the film, Anthony Hopkins, as well as Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Ralph Macchio and Michael Stuhlbarg. The biopic examines the relationship between the famous horror director and his wife, Alma Reville (Mirren), during the filming of 1960's Psycho. Learn more about the actors of the Hitchcock film, only at Biography.com.
Examine this group to learn more about the cast of the 2012 Franklin D. Roosevelt biopic Hyde Park on Hudson. The film stars Bill Murray as FDR, Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt, Samuel West as King George VI, Olivia Colman as the Queen Mother Elizabeth and Laura Linney as Margaret Suckley, a longtime friend of the late president.
Learn more about the cast of Jobs, the 2013 biopic of legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The film stars Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, and many other members of Hollywood's elite, including Dermot Mulroney, Lesley Ann Warren, Josh Gad, Matthew Modine and James Woods. Read full biographies, and view photos and videos, only at Biography.com.
Explore this group to learn more about the cast of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the incredibly popular reality television series about socialite sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian. The show also features appearances by the girls' "momager," Kris Jenner; stepfather Bruce Jenner; and romantic partners, including Scott Disick and NBA star Lamar Odom.
Learn more about the cast of 2012's Lincoln, the renowned biopic of President Abraham Lincoln. Stars of the film include Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earle Haley, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, S. Epatha Merkerson, James Spader and John Hawkes. Explore full biographies, photos, videos and more, only at Biography.com.
Meet the stars of Alfred Hitchcock's groundbreaking and bloodcurdling 1960 horror film, Psycho, which portrays the story of deranged hotel owner turned killer Norman Bates—first told by author Robert Bloch through his 1959 novel. The movie made lines like "Do you have any vacancies?" famous, and paved the way for today's thriller and horror genres. The cast of Psycho includes Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles.
Learn more about the cast of Saturday Night Live, including old-timers such as John Belushi, Billy Crystal, Jane Curtin, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy and David Spade, as well as newer stars of the series, including Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Seth Meyers, Kate McKinnon, Molly Shannon and Kristen Wiig.
Explore our collection of Saved by the Bell cast members, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani Thiessen, Dennis Haskins, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Tori Spelling, Leah Remini and Hayley Mills. Running on Saturday mornings for four seasons, from 1989 to 1993, Saved by the Bell wasn't just a hit, but a cultural phenomenon. View full biographies, photos, videos and more of the series' cast, only at Biography.com.
Get more on the cast of Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise directed by Sam Mendes, and released in 2012. The film stars an array of acclaimed actors and actresses, including Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney and Ralph Fiennes. Peruse this group for full biographies, photos and videos of Skyfall cast members.
Explore the cast of Stand by Me, the 1986 coming-of-age flick, including Wil Wheaton, who portrayed Gordie; River Phoenix, the wise-guy-yet-wise Chris; Corey Feldman, who played Teddy; Jerry O'Connell, the face of Vern; Kiefer Sutherland, who portrayed Ace; and Richard Dreyfuss, who played the writer. View full biographies, photos, videos and more, only at Biography.com.
Learn more about the actors who portrayed one of 1970s television's most lovable families, the Bradys, by exploring our cast of The Brady Bunch collection. Cast members include Florence Henderson and Robert Reed, who played Carol and Mike Brady, respectively; Ann B. Davis, who played the family's beloved maid, Alice; Christopher Knight, who became a child star with the role of Bobby Brady; Maureen McCormick, the face of Marcia Brady; Mike Lookinland; Susan Olsen; Eve Plumb; and Barry Williams.
Get more on the high-profile cast of The Butler, the 2013 biopic based on the life of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen, who served under eight U.S. presidents, including Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Over his decades-long career, Allen, an African American, witnessed firsthand the nation's changing perspectives on race, as well as several major historical events. Directed by Lee Daniels, The Butler stars Forest Whitaker as the title character and Oprah Winfrey as his wife. The film's large supporting cast includes Mariah Carey, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Matthew McConaughey, Liev Schreiber, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, John Cusack, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo and Robin Williams.
Join Biography.com in a nostalgic look back at the popular 1980s sitcom set in an all-girls boarding school, The Facts of Life. Learn more about the cast of the series, including Lisa Whelchel, the face of Blair Warner; Kim Fields, who played Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey; Mindy Cohn (Natalie Green); Charlotte Rae (Edna Garrett); Nancy McKeon (Jo Polniaczek); and George Clooney (George Burnett). Explore this collection for full biographies, photos, videos and more.
Learn more about the cast of The Hobbit film trilogy, based on the award-winning fantasy novel by famed English author J.R.R. Tolkien, who also wrote the well-received Lord of the Rings book series. Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit franchise encompasses a wealth of talented actors, including Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Christopher Lee (Saruman) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Necromancer). Explore this group to learn more about the highly regarded series—which began with 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey—and its abundant cast.