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Utah-based actress. Director of Youth Theatre Programs at the University of Utah. Has performed on stage, including playing "Peggy Sawyer" in 42nd Street at the Grand Theatre, Provo, Utah (2000).
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Alan L. Oakes. Location manager for the Feature Films For Families videos "Return to the Secret Garden" (2000) and " More Baths" (1998), Eric Hendershot's "A Kid Called Danger" (1999), Scott Featherstone's "Same River Twice" (1996), and the TV movie "Virtual Obsession" (1998). Production manager for the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video short film "A Pioneer Miracle" (2003), directed by T.C. Christensen. Grip for Lee Groberg's documentaries "American Gunmaker: The John M. Browning Story" (1991) and "Enduring Legacy: The Story of Firearms" (1992), the Feature Films For Families (FFFF) videos "Seasons of the Heart" (1993) and "The ButterCream Gang" (1992), and the feature films "Freaked" (1993), "A Midnight Clear" (1991) and "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988). Electrician for the FFFF video "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993). Best boy for the Church-produced film "Nora's Christmas Gift" (1989). Key grip for the BYU student film "Wildest Dreams" (1986), available on video. First assistant cameraman and electrician for the short film "Gold Fever" (1990), made largely by BYU students.
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Videographer/cinematographer.
Non-LDS. Lives at Lake Tahoe. Award-winning screenwriter ("The Nemesis Factor") and member of the WGA.
Latter-day Saint. Bio from "Handcart Ensemble" website (http://www.handcartensemble.org/personnel.shtml)
Director of Development [at Handcart Ensemble], Actor. Co-founded Handcart Ensemble [in New York City] with J. Scott Reynolds in 1999, and has acted in all their productions. Other New York theatre: Barrabas at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Nosferatu, and Penthesilea. Selected outside NY: title roles in Peter Pan, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, and Scooter Thomas Makes It to the Top of the World. TV & film: As The World Turns, Hébbé Kills Jarry (South-by-Southwest Film Festival 97) and others. He is training towards certification in the Feldenkrais Method, a system of neuromuscular reeducation useful in freeing the actor's body.
Latter-day Saint. Graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) film school, with a BA degree in 1995. Was accepted into the second and final year at the American Film Institute, and received his MFA there in 1998. While still in Utah he was the production designer (credited as art director) for the award-winning short film "Fedora" (1994), which was primarily by BYU students and graduates. Was the production designer for the 28-minute short film "Movin' to Montana" (1998). Co-production designer for the 1998 horror movie "Trucks" (based on a short story by Stephen King), which debuted on the Sci Fi Channel. Has worked in the art department on many TV and film productions: Was the lead man for films "The Debut" (2000) and "Slammed" (2001), and for the TV series "Pajama Party" (2000), "I've Got a Secret" (2000) and "Exhale with Candice Bergen" (2000). Swing gang for the TV series "An American Town" (2001). Scenic painter for "Life Happens" (1996). Post-production painter for "Red Roses and Petrol" (2003).
Born 3 July 1927, Salt Lake City. Birth name: Armelia Carol Ohmart. She was Miss Utah of 1946. Actress. Top billing in "The Scarlet Hour" (1956), directed by Michael Curtiz. Starred in "The Wild Party" (1956) with Anthony Quinn. Starred in "House on Haunted Hill" (1958) with Vincent Price. Lead actress in "The Scavengers" (1959). Major role in "Born Reckless" (1958). Lead actress in "Naked Youth" (1960). Smaller role in "One Man's Way" (1964). Lead actress in "Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told" (1964) opposite Lon Chaney, Jr. Lead actress in "Caxambu" (1967). Major role in "The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe" (1974). TV guest roles include: Mannix; Get Smart; 77 Sunset Strip; Perry Mason; Man Without a Gun; Bat Masterson; Men Into Space; Northwest Passage.
Latter-day Saint. Credited with "On Set Wardrobe" for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Presumably she is the daughter of Shari Ohman, the costume designer for "Charly." Heather also appeared on screen in a bit part as a sister missionary in "Charly."
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Utah. Sometimes credtied as: Sharon Ohman; Shari Ohnam. Costume designer for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002) and for Lee Groberg's documentaries "American Gunmaker: The John M. Browning Story" (1991), "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997), "Enduring Legacy: The Story of Firearms" (1992) and "American Prophet: The Joseph Smith Story" (1999). Costume supervisor for the 70mm film "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Assistant costumer for the PBS special "A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation" (1989). Bit part onscreen as a party guest in "Charly."
Latter-day Saint. Born 12 October 1971, Salt Lake City. Sometimes credited as: Tasha Oldman. Best known as the producer/director of the stunning, critically acclaimed documentary "The Smith Family: a portrait in love," which was selected as the national season premier for "POV" on PBS. "The Smith Family," which chronicles one Latter-day Saint family's struggles with AIDS, grew out of Oldham's work on her previously-planned documentary "Sisters in Zion." Script supervisor on a number of movies, including: The Trial of Old Drum (2000); Boys Life 3 (2000);The Crow: Salvation (2000); Eating L.A. (1999)' Mixed Blessings (1999); Treehouse Hostage (1999); Vipers (1999); Wild Grizzly (1999; TV); Mystic Nights and Pirate Fights (1998). IMDb bio (http://us.imdb.com/Bio?Oldham,+Tasha):
Tasha Oldham was born and raised outside of Salt Lake City in the small mining town of Magna, Utah. Tasha grew up with a great love of the theater, directing and acting in numerous plays and musicals. At 18, she left Magna for Los Angeles to attend UCLA. Later she continued her studies at UC San Diego, where she worked at Channel 35 as a multi-camera television director and producer. There she was selected to participate in the prestigious Directors Training Program through the Television Academy.
Tasha began her film career as a on David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997). She went on to work in development at Tri-Star Pictures. Much of her education has been hands-on experience working as a script supervisor. She has worked with numerous prominent directors such as Wim Wenders, Peter Baldwin and David Steinberg. Currently, Tasha is developing a narrative feature length script and fundraising to complete "Sisters in Zion," a documentary exploring the diverse lives of Mormon women.
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with 9 other filmmakers, made the short (19 min., 45 sec.) film "The Farm," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is the story of a group of children sent to a camp to learn to conform to society.
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with 9 other filmmakers, made the short (19 min., 45 sec.) film "The Farm," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is the story of a group of children sent to a camp to learn to conform to society.
Lives in Utah. Appears briefly in the background in the restaurant scene in T.C. Christensen's direct-to-video movie "Bug Off!" (2001).
Actor. Studied acting under Anne Sward-Hansen. Featured in a "Designated Driver" commercial. Host of the TV show "Contigo en Mente." Featured extra on the TV series "Touched by an Angel." Has acted on stage at the Mayaguez Theater and the San German Theater, in such productions as "La Parranda", "Historias de Juan Bobo", "El Astronauta" and "Yo Tengo Fe."
Steve W. Olpin
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Springville, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Steve Olpin; Steven Olpin. Documentary filmmaker. Films he has directed include: Nasty's World (2002); Poetic DreamSpace: Sculptor Brower Hatcher and the Creative Process; The Potter's Meal: A Film About Joseph Bennion (1992); In the Presence of Healers (2000); Upward Vertical. Worked as an electrician on: "The Rage" (1997), "Coyote Summer" (1996), "The Paper Brigade" (1996), "Invasion of Privacy" (1996), "Just Like Dad" (1996), "Windrunner" (1995), "Pioneer", "Images", and the "Home Front" series of public service announcements (PSAs) made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Best Boy Electric for the short film "A Truce with Death" (1993), about Latter-day Saint pioneers. Technical crew for "Letting God Have His Way: A Conversation about C.S. Lewis" (1999). Bio from Utah Short Film & Video Festival 2002 Judges page (http://www.ufvc.org/festival2002/Judges.html):
Steve has been making films since 1989. "I like to make films about passionate people doing their thing passionately regardless of what their thing is." He has made films about a musician, a scientist, several artists, a mortician, and numerous professional athletes. He has won the Mort Rosenfeld Award twice and Best Documentary film at the Utah Short Film and Video Festival. His work has been selected for numerous other film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival. Lately with his work in action sports has been shown on Fox Sports Net, ESPN, USA Network and NBC. "As a kid I messed around with skateboards, bikes and cameras, and now 25 years later I am again messing around with skateboards, bikes and cameras." Steve lives in Springville with his very cool wife Noelle and the three coolest kids on the planet: Quinn, Fish and Maia.
Lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Actor. Supporting role in the independent feature film "The Creator's Game" (1999), which was made largely by BYU students.
Latter-day Saint. 5 September 1940, Logan, Utah. Graduated Utah State University in 1962. Professional football player who became an popular TV actor. Was original member of the Los Angeles Rams "Fearsome Foursome." Played defensive tackle for Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League, 1962-1976. Best known for playing Michael Landon's close friend "Jonathan Garvey" on "Little House on the Prairie (1977-1981), and on "Little House: A New Beginning" (1982). Starred in his own series as "John Michael Murphy" on "Father Murphy" (1981-1982), as "Buddy Landau" on "Fathers and Sons" (1986) and in the title role on "Aaron's Way" (1988). Major supporting role in the feature film "Mitchell" (1975). Title role in the TV movie "Aaron's Way: The Harvest" (1988). Major roles in the TV special "Michael Landon: The E! True Hollywood Story" (1998), and the TV movies "The Juggler of Notre Dame" (1984), "Time Bomb" (1984), "The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story" (1980), "A Fire in the Sky" (1978). Small roles in the movies "One More Train to Rob (1971), "Something Big" and "The Undefeated." TV guest appearances on: What's Happening!!; CHiPs; Kung Fu; Petticoat Junction. Also well known as the FTD flower pitchman fame on TV commercials.
Latter-day Saint. Born 27 June 1889, Ogden, Utah. Died 22 November 1954, Los Angeles, California. Actor who appeared in over 100 movies, often in major supporting roles. Provided the voice of the magic mirror in Disney's classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937). Had a major role in "Notorious" (1946), directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Played "Porthos" in "The Three Musketeers" (1935). Also appeared as a judge on an episode of "I Love Lucy" in 1952. Provided the voice of a senior angel in "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). His many other films include: Mildred Pierce (1945); Father of the Bride (1950); The Fountainhead (1949); Call Northside 777 (1948); Life with Father (1947); The Song of Bernadette (1943); The Long, Long Trailer (1954); Samson and Delilah (1949); Father's Little Dividend (1951); The Glass Key (1942); The Santa Fe Trail (1940); Air Force (1943); Marie Antoinette (1938).
Film editor and producer. Works at Counterpoint Studios in Salt Lake City, Utah. Has worked as a film editor on music videos and commercial projects. Produced a video for a homeless shelter.
Born in 1945 in Indiana. Raised in northern Indiana. Graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Public Health. Utah-based actor. Birth name: Jeffrey Olson. Character actor who has appeared in over 30 feature films and TV movies, most of them filmed in Utah. Although Olson has not starred in films, he has played a number of significant characters in supporting roles (7th or 8th billing), such as his part as "Mr. Andrews," the father of the lead character in "In Your Wildest Dreams (1991)" and "Richard Carruthers", the female lead character's father in "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988). Olson has had small roles in other feature films including: Primary Suspect (2000); The Crow: Salvation (2000); Clay Pigeons (1998); Meet the Deedles (1998); Con Air (1997); The Goodbye Bird (1993); Neon City (1992); Fast Getaway (1991). He has appeared in a number of movies made by Feature Films For Families, including "Behind the Waterfall" (1995), "A Home of Our Own" (1993) and "In Your Wildest Dreams" (1991). He has appeared in over 15 TV movies, including: Hounded (2001); I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2001); Just Like Dad (1996); Battling for Baby (1992); Blind Witness (1989). TV guest appearances include: Touched by an Angel; Promised Land; Quantum Leap; Crime Story; Magnum, P.I.; Airwolf.
Richard T. Olson
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Richard Olson. Production coordinator for Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002). Assistant production coordinator for Treu's "Wish Upon a Star" (1996). Set production assistant for the movies "Drive Me Crazy" (1999) and "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997). Office production assistant for Blair Treu's direct-to-video movie "The Paper Brigade" (1996). Prop department for the TV movie "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple" (2001). Assistant property supervisor for "Just a Dream" (2002).
Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Writer/director of the short film "Innocence" (2002). Directed video segments shown at the play "The Blacker the Berry" at BYU. Currently the Senior High End Editor in the Media Arts Laboratories at BYU. Key grip for the award-winning short film "Roots & Wings" (2002), made by BYU film student Christian Vuissa.
Lives in Moab, Utah. Set security for the movies "Passion in the Desert" (1997) and "Space Cadet" (Space Chimp Prod.), and for ads, including one for Erickson Phone (Full Blue Inc.). Production assistant: Everest (MacGillivray Freeman).
Born 23 August 1956, Los Angeles, California. Utah-based actor. Small roles in the low-budget feature films "No Dogs Allowed" (2002), "Stranger Than Fiction" (1999), "A Kid Called Danger" (1999) and "Truth or Consequences, N.M." (1997). Small roles in the TV movies "See You In My Dreams" (2000), "Stolen from the Heart" (2000), "Absence of the Good" (1999) and "The Ticket" (1997). Has appeared in at least 4 episodes of "Touched by an Angel" and 3 episodes of "Promised Land." Also credited as an audio mixer for "No Dogs Allowed."
Latter-day Saint. Born 10 July 1970 in Manchester, England. Birth name: Jason Thomas Orange. Raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but not a churchgoer as an adult. Best known as one of the members of the popular British band Take That. With the band he appeared on numerous TV shows. Featured in the 2-hour video release "Take That: Nobody Else - The Movie" (1995). As an actor had a supporting role in the British miniseries "Killer Net" (1998), but has no known acting credits since then. Bio from IMDb.com:
Member of "Take That" - one of the most successful British bands of all time. Has a twin brother named Justin who works as a DJ in the Manchester area. Has 5 brothers total. Parents divorced when he was young. Used to make appearanced on the Britsh show "The Hitman and Her". Has stayed out of the music industry since the Take That split.
Bio from Jason Orange fanlisting (http://duckness.org/jason/):
Jason Thomas Orange is a musician, choreographer, and actor. Born in South Manchester on july 10, 1970, a few minutes older than his twin, Justin, he is the second child of Tony and Jenny Orange. He is the second of six boys - Simon, himself, Justin, Dominic, Samuel, and Oliver. After his parents separated, he and his brothers lived with Jenny, while Tony remarried and have another four children - Simon, Sarah, Emma, and Amy.
At sixteen, he left South Manchester High School to pursue his passion on dancing, all the while making a living for himself as a painter and decorator. His talents brought him to a then-famous TV show, The Hit Man and Her, where he'd meet Howard Donald and form a dancing group called Street Beat. The two then went to manager Nigel Martin-Smith who introduced them to Gary Barlow and Mark Owen. After holding an audition for a fifth member - the infamous Robbie Williams - TAKE THAT was born.
Take That's career spans a long six years, from late 1989 to early 1996. The group started off by doing meagre club gigs before they released their first flop single in 1991. They had another two flop singles before luck finally shines on them and brought them to the surface of fame. Everything after that is history. Take That becomes UK and Europe's biggest boyband, with 8 no.1 hits, 4 multi-platinum albums, sell-out concerts, and - of course - a load of merchandise. Here, Jason learned to play guitar, which would be his other passion, and he also choreographed most of the band's swish dance routines.
However, in 1995, Robbie Williams quit the band, and in February 14, 1996, Take That disbanded gracefully although they are still on top. After the band's last show in Amsterdam, April 5, 1996, Jason 'disappeared' and went backpacking around the world, especially to Asia, before starting off an acting career in 1998. He teamed up with Max Beesley (ex-Take That percussionist and actor) and kicked off with a small part in Let's All Go to the Fair at London's Royal Court Theatre. He also played in the 1999 Lynda La Plante tv series, Killer Net, before getting the much-acclaimed part of a street poet in James Martin Charlton's Gob at the King's Head Theatre, London.
Since then, Jason had shunned the spotlight by choosing to go back to college instead. He settles back in Manchester and enrolled for a degree-course in psychology and sociology. He also does a number of charities. Most recent news in May 2004 surrounding the rumour of the Take That reunion, Jason is now said to be a property tycoon in Manchester!
Lives in Salem, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Robert "Ziggie" Orchard. Credited as a "Camera Department Intern" for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). IMDb also lists a Robert Orchard who was a mechanic for the feature film "Mad Max" (1979). May or may not be the same person.
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Made the short (8 min., 30 sec.) documentary film "Original Creations," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is an in-depth look into the life of Gary Prazen, a man who has dedicated his artwork to the men and women of the Carbon County area who have labored in the mining industry.
Utah-based actor. Small roles in "Brigham City" (2001), "The Way of the Gun" (2000) and the TV movies "Double Teamed (2002) and "The Darkling" (2000). Second assistant camera for the Leucadia TV movie "Windrunner" (1995).
Lives in Farmington, Utah. 2nd unit director for "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful", "Make Room", "Rise Above the Blues" and the TV movie "Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare" (1995). Animal wrangler/handler.
Lives in Tooele, Utah. Set construction/design.
Lives in Park City, Utah. Set construction for commercials, including Budweiser, Nutrasweet, Rainier Beer, Aspen Cologne, Telescene.
Jamie L. Ortwein
Latter-day Saint. Producer of short documentary "The Jean Massieu School" (2000), a BYU student film directed by Megan Wolfley.
Latter-day Saint. Born 18 April 1971, Sacramento, California. Lives in Fullerton, California. Graduate of film school at Brigham Young University. Writer/director of student films "Esperanza" (1997) and "The Appleby Sensation" (1997). According to IMDb, he is the director of a film that the award for Best Narrative film at the Orange County Fair Film Festival in 1993. Wrote the feature-length screenplay Mt. Pleasant, which received Honorable Mention in the 2002 LDS Film Festival, making it one of the top 6 screenplays out of 25 entries accepted for competition. Mt. Pleasant was also accepted as a finalist at the 2003 Thunderbird International Film Festival. The story is described thus: "In early 80's central Utah, a Mormon garbage man finds himself on the trail of a killer while trying to make ends meet for his large family." Boom operator for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Pride and Prejudice: A Utah Comedy" (2003).
Utah-based actor who had small roles in "Brigham City" (2001) and "A Midnight Clear" (1991). Small roles in at least 9 TV movies, including: Before He Wakes (1998); A Loss of Innocence (1996); Unforgivable (1996); Out of Annie's Past (1995); In the Shadow of Evil (1995); The Avenging Angel (1995); Double Jeopardy (1992); The President's Child (1992). TV guest appearance on "Promised Land."
Born 7 December 1970, Sacramento, California. Birth name: Kelly Joseph Osborn. Also credited as: K. J. Osborn; Kelly Osborn; K. Joseph Osborn. Raised in a small farming town north of Salt Lake City. Graduate of the University of Utah film school. Writer, director, cinematographer, editor and co-producer of the low-budget ($60,000) independent feature film "No Dogs Allowed" (2002), which was made in Utah. Cinematographer for the independent direct-to-video film "Tender Blue Eyes" (1992).
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: R. Don Oscarson. Artist and arts promoter. Writer and producer of the short film "Last Day at Carthage" (1967), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Using film footage of actual locations and narration, the film tells the story of the martyrdom of Church founder Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. Oscarson funded the Discovery Grant which allowed Brigham Young University to commission playwright Tim Slover to write the critically acclaimed stage play "Hancock County." Also provided a generous donation to the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in 2002, providing much of the money for cash prizes awarded to the top young filmmakers and screenwriters who competed in the festival.
Latter-day Saint. Born 22 June 1949, Ogden, Utah. Birth name: Alan Ralph Osmond. Birth name: Jay Wesley Osmond. Brother of Donny and Marie Osmond, as well as Jay Osmond, Jimmy Osmond, Wayne Osmond and the others. Part of Osmond Quartet. Singer and entertainer. Appeared regularly on "The Andy Williams Show" (1962-1971), "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" (1963-1964), "The Jerry Lewis Show" (1968-1969), the animated series "The Osmonds" (1972-1973) and "Donny and Marie" (1976-1979). He was a major character in the 2001 TV movie "Inside the Osmonds," in which he was portrayed by actor Joel Berti, and in which he made a cameo appearance at the end. Executive producer of the short-lived TV series "Mel & Susan Together" (1978). Executive producer of Kendall Wilcox's world-spanning documentary "The Family Factor" (2002). Wrote the songs for the Feature Films For Families video "On Our Own" (1988), in which the songs were performed by the Osmond Boys -- his sons and nephews.
Latter-day Saint. Born 21 August 1979. Singer and actor. In November 2002 he auditioned for a role in Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon feature film, and was invited to "call backs" (second round of auditions). Has starred as "Joseph" in productions of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Bio from "Joseph" website:
David Osmond started his career early as the lead singer of the Osmond Boys who later changed their name to Osmonds - Second Generation. He comes from the talented stock as the fourth son of Alan, oldest member of The Osmond Brothers. David has worked hard as a singer and dancer and has been able to share his talents with people all over the world including Asia, Europe, parts of China and 49 of the 50 states. David and his brothers have performed on hundreds of television and radio shows and performed live in venues with crowds up to 65,000. He and his brothers have recorded several albums and have had hits in many countries.
David graduated from high school as a member of the National Honor Society and was one of the top five in his class. He is currently attending Brigham Young University with a major in music and theater arts. David is not unfamiliar with this musical production as he performed hte role of Joseph in 1997 in Salt Lake City and starred, as well as backed up his Uncle Donny, with the original JOSEPH cast during the spring o 1998. David's many performances as Joseph received consistent standing ovations and rave reviews which lead him to this current U.S. and Canadian tour.
Latter-day Saint. Born 9 December 1957, Ogden, Utah. Birth name: Donald Clark Osmond. Of the thousands of Latter-day Saints who have worked in entertainment, film and television during the 20th Century, probably none have been so widely known as Latter-day Saints as Donny and Marie Osmond. Regular performer on "The Jerry Lewis Show" (1968-1969) and "The Andy Williams Show" (1963-1971). A star of the animated series "The Osmonds" (1972-1973) and later the "Donny and Marie" variety show (1976-1979). Also a star of the animated series "Nilus the Sandman" (1994). Co-host of the daytime talk and variety show "Donny & Marie" (1998-2000), for which he earned an Emmy nomination. Regular on the game show "Hollywood Squares," he is now (2002) the host of the newly revived game show "Pyramid." Also a regular on the TV series "Making the Band" (2000) and "Dale's All Stars" (2000). Starred with his sister Marie in the the 1978 feature film "Goin' Coconuts." His most successful feature film was Disney's "Mulan" (1998), in which he provided the singing voice of the male lead, Li Shang. His best-loved role as an actor is starring as Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Donny performed the year on stage and on tour for many years, and starred in the 1999 direct-to-video version. His countless TV guest apperances include: Fear Factor; The King of Queens; Daddio; Diagnosis Murder; V.I.P.; The Larry Sanders Show; The Howard Stern Show; Johnny Bravo; Parker Lewis Can't Lose; The Love Boat; The Brady Bunch Hour; Here's Lucy. He wrote songs for the 1978 feature film "The Great Brain," which starred his brother Jimmy.
Latter-day Saint. Born 13 October 1917, Etna, Wyoming. Birth name; George Virl Osmond. Father of the famed singing Osmond family, including Donny and Marie Osmond, Jimmy Osmond, and the Osmond Quartet (Alan, Jay, Wayne and Merrill). Made cameo appearances as himself in the biographical TV movies "Side by Side: The True Story of the Osmond Family" (1982) and "Inside the Osmonds" (2001).
Latter-day Saint. Born 2 March 1955, Ogden, Utah. Birth name: Jay Wesley Osmond. Brother of Donny and Marie Osmond, as well as Jay Osmond, Jimmy Osmond, Wayne Osmond and the others. Part of Osmond Quartet. Singer and entertainer. Appeared regularly on "The Andy Williams Show" (1962-1971), "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" (1963-1964), "The Jerry Lewis Show" (1968-1969), the animated series "The Osmonds" (1972-1973) and "Donny and Marie" (1976-1979). He was a major character in the 2001 TV movie "Inside the Osmonds," in which he was portrayed by actor Miklos Perlus, and in which he made a cameo appearance at the end.
Latter-day Saint. Born 16 April 1963, Canoga Park, California. Birth name: James Arthur Osmond. Youngest brother of Donny and Marie Osmond and the Osmond Quartet, Jimmy had a successful recording career in his own right, singing top hit singles and gaining popularity abroad, especially in Japan. Singer and entertainer. Appeared regularly on the animated series "The Osmonds" (1972-1973) and the variety show "Donny and Marie" (1976-1979). Voice actor in the animated film "Hugo the Hippo" (1976). Starred as "Tom Fitzgerald," a bright but mischievious turn-of-the-century Salt Lake City boy, in the 1978 feature film "The Great Brain" (1978), based on Fitzgerald's novels. Producer of the TV movie "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas" (1989) and the documentary "Spirit of Rock & Roll." He was a character in the 2001 TV movie "Inside the Osmonds," in which he was portrayed by actor Trevor Blumas, and in which he made a cameo appearance at the end. TV guest appearances on "Fame", "The Love Boat" and "Beat-Club."
Latter-day Saint. Born 13 October 1959, Ogden, Utah. Birth name: Olive Marie Osmond. Of the thousands of Latter-day Saints who have worked in entertainment, film and television during the 20th Century, probably none have been so widely known as Latter-day Saints as Donny and Marie Osmond. Co-star with her brother Donny of the "Donny and Marie" variety show (1976-1979). Co-host of the daytime talk and variety show "Donny & Marie" (1998-2000), for which he earned an Emmy nomination. Also starred in two short-lived TV sitcoms: "Marie" (1980) and "Maybe This Time" (1995). "Maybe This Time" was produced by Disney's syndicated television arm, Touchstone Television. Marie previously starred in a half-hour Disney Channel film, "The Velveteen Rabbit" (1984), part of the 4-episode anthology series "Enchanted Musical Playhouse." Co-host of "Ripley's Believe It or Not" (1985-1986). Starred in the Broadway musical "Anna and the King." Also a regular on the TV series "Making the Band" (2000) and "Dale's All Stars" (2000). Voice actor in the animated films "Hugo the Hippo" (1976), "Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night" (1998) and "O' Christmas Tree" (1999). Starred with Donny in the the 1978 feature film "Goin' Coconuts." Played the title role in the TV movie "Rose Petal Place" (1984). Starred as her mother in the biographical TV movie "Side by Side: The True Story of the Osmond Family" (1982). Major roles in the TV movies "I Married Wyatt Earp" (1983), "Rooster" (1982) and "The Gift of Love" (1978). TV guest appearances include: The Oprah Winfrey Show; Diagnosis Murder; V.I.P.; Almost Perfect; The Single Guy; The Love Boat; The Brady Bunch Hour.
Latter-day Saint. Born 30 April 1953, Ogden, Utah. Birth name: Merrill Davis Osmond. Brother of Donny and Marie Osmond, as well as Jay Osmond, Jimmy Osmond, Wayne Osmond and the others. Part of Osmond Quartet. Singer and entertainer. Appeared regularly on "The Andy Williams Show" (1962-1971), "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" (1963-1964), "The Jerry Lewis Show" (1968-1969), the animated series "The Osmonds" (1972-1973) and "Donny and Marie" (1976-1979). He was a major character in the 2001 TV movie "Inside the Osmonds," in which he was portrayed by actor Ryan Kirkpatrick, and in which he made a cameo appearance at the end. Executive producer of the short-lived TV series "Mel & Susan Together" (1978).
Latter-day Saint. Born 4 May 1925, Samaria, Idaho. Birth name: Olive May Davis. The mother of the famed Osmond singing family, including Donny and Marie Osmond, Jimmy Osmond, and the Osmond Quartet (Alan, Merrill, Wayne, and Jay). Known by fans as "Mother Osmond." Author of the autobiographical book which was made into the 1982 TV movie "Side by Side: The True Story of the Osmond Family." Her part in the 2001 TV movie "Inside the Osmonds" (in which she appeared briefly at the end) was played by actress Veronica Cartwright. Made guest appearances on "The Andy Williams Show," which featured her sons as regular performers.
Latter-day Saint. Born 28 August 1951, Ogden, Utah. Birth name: Melvin Wayne Osmond. Brother of Donny and Marie Osmond, as well as Jay Osmond, Jimmy Osmond, Merrill Osmond and the others. Part of Osmond Quartet. Singer and entertainer. Appeared regularly on "The Andy Williams Show" (1962-1971), "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" (1963-1964), "The Jerry Lewis Show" (1968-1969), the animated series "The Osmonds" (1972-1973) and "Donny and Marie" (1976-1979). Had a major role as "Jeff Baxter" in the TV movie "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas" (1989). He was a major character in the 2001 TV movie "Inside the Osmonds," in which he was portrayed by actor Jason Knight, and in which he made a cameo appearance at the end.
Actor. Bio from The Actor's Lounge (http://www.4leaffilms.com/students.htm): "Will has always been interested in acting. His first opportunity was with Caroline Productions as an extra. He then had a speaking part in the film "Eternity." He has been studying with Rob Diamond and is now landing roles in independent films."
Latter-day Saint. Born in 1957 in southern California. Lives in Provo, Utah with his wife, Melinda Ostraff. With his wife he made the documentary "Traditional Healers of Tonga" (1999), which he screened as part of a special presentation at the LDS Film Festival in Provo, Utah in November 2002. The couple also made the documentary "Kuo Hina E Hiapo" (2001), about Tongan tapa cloth. Bio from Springville Museum of Art (http://www.sma.shs.nebo.edu/ostraff.html):
Joseph Ostraff, a native of Southern California, has been a resident of Utah since 1986. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School in California, Joseph attended Brigham Young University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting. After his BYU experience Joseph married Melinda Weston and moved to Seattle, where he attended graduate school at the University of Washington, receiving a Master of Fine Arts Degree in painting. Since then he has done everything from lumberjacking in Idaho, sweeping floors in a department store, selling his paintings on the streets of Seattle for gas money, and building a house on the Kitsap Peninsula- to traveling the South Pacific on funds collected from art commissions, exhibiting national and internationally, and most recently making a documentary film on the traditional art of tapa cloth making in Tonga. Joseph has also taught in the public school system for seven years and is currently an assistant professor of art at Brigham Young University.
Joseph's mother has been quoted as saying, " What happened to my boy? He used to be so good at art." Allan Fern, curator at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and juror for the 1993 Utah Arts Council Fellowship Competition, is quoted saying upon his selection of Joseph to be one of the fellowship recipients " Joseph seems to have some pent up anger and uses nature as a metaphor to address social concerns." Joseph's response to these two statements is, "When you're doing something you feel is really important many people and especially your mother may not understand you." Secondly, "I consider myself to be a friendly, easy-going artist, but my work does express a frustration towards the way we treat nature and each other. Hopefully the things I do as an artist will have some positive impact on the people within my community."
Joseph is best known for his paintings of fish, birds, and other animals taken out of context from their natural environment. You find his animals swimming down a street or passing through a window or door openings. Along with the uncommon placement of nature and man-made architectural forms you may find other objects such as I-beams, pop cans, springs, and children's toys scattered around. All this is put together in his paintings in an effort to suggest alternative ways for us to look at the world. Albino Trout is a painting about natural selection. Within nature, albino traits are based upon mutant genes that occur randomly within a species. Many animals that have this genetic trait are singled out by predators and have great difficulty surviving. Joseph says, "It fascinates me that we would take this trait and use it to develop albino trout in our fish hatcheries so that people who fish for sport can catch these mutant trout in our rivers, lakes, and streams." Albino Trout, the painting, questions humanity's constant reversal of natural laws and the motives for such actions.
"The fact that our culture has a word like nature implies some sort of separation between ourselves, our culture, and our view of nature. As I peer from my comfortable position of security out towards this wilderness, I see a multitude of complex patterns and ordering systems that are intriguing to me. I see a world that is perplexing and unpredictable.
"Painting is my way of developing a personal sense of pattern and order in response to what I see. The repeated act of painting solidifies my place in nature, while decreasing my need to manipulate, possess, or control nature."
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah with her husband, Joseph Ostraff. Sometimes credited as: Melinda Weston; Melinda Weston Ostraff. With her husband he made the documentary "Traditional Healers of Tonga" (1999), which she screened as part of a special presentation at the LDS Film Festival in Provo, Utah in November 2002. The couple also made the documentary "Kuo Hina E Hiapo" (2001), about Tongan tapa cloth. She directed the documentary video "Kau Faito'o" (2001), also about Tongan healing.
Latter-day Saint. Credited as the director and/or conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in such Church filsms as "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" (1980) and "Nora's Christmas Gift" (1989). Appeared numerous times on television as the conductor of the Choir during broadcasts of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Latter-day Saint. Wrote the short screenplay "Looking for Trouble," which competed in the 2002 LDS Film Festival.
Voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997).
Voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997).
Latter-day Saint. Author of the autobiographical book Go Toward the Light, which was made into a 1988 TV movie starring Linda Hamilton, Richard Thomas, and Piper Laurie. The TV movie was adapted and produced by Beth Polson, and directed by Mike Robe. It tells of how Chris and his wife coped when their hemophiliac son Ben (played by Joshua Harris) was diagnosed with AIDS, which he had innocently contracted through a tainted blood transfusion. The book and film show how the Oylers' faith as Latter-day Saints helped them cope with the crisis.
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