Prison Break 2
Season Finale: 30 Aug 07, Thurs, 10.30pm
"We run." - Micheal Scofield, season one
Outside the prison walls, the real hunt is on for the daring Scofield brothers and six other spirited inmates, eight hours after first season's jawdropping escapade from Fox River.
There are consequences of this very act. Along the way, Michael was forced to betray someone important to him. Dr. Sara is in critical condition from her overdose. And now, Michael, Lincoln, Sucre, Abruzzi and C-Note battle against the odds as they surge towards Oswego. Assigned to capture all the escapees is FBI investigator Alexander Mahone, who is all set to be Scofield’s match. Vengeful prison guard Brad Bellick will not stop until all the prisoners get back behind the bars. Veronica finds herself a prisoner with Terrance. T-Bag tries to get the upper hand while fleeing from the authorities.
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The premise: convinced that his wayward brother Lincoln Burrows was wrongly convicted of the sensational murder of the Vice President’s brother, which landed him on Fox River State Penitentiary’s death row, a desperate Michael Scofield attempted a daring bank robbery in order to get himself incarcerated in Fox River with Lincoln. Michael, an engineer with access to the prison’s structural design, then masterminded an elaborate plan to free Lincoln by pulling off the ultimate Prison Break.
Aided by an intricate tattoo of the prison’s blueprints covering his upper body, Michael aligned himself with his lovelorn cellmate Fernando Sucre, former mob boss John Abruzzi, homicidal pedophile T-Bag, the well-connected C-Note and Charles Westmoreland, a man Michael believed to be the infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper. On the outside, Michael’s only ally was his defense attorney and Lincoln’s former girlfriend Veronica Donovan, who protected Lincoln’s targeted son LJ. Veronica’s quest for the truth led straight to the White House, Secret Service Agent Paul Kellerman and the power-hungry Vice President, Caroline Reynolds, whose brother, in secret, is very much alive...
PAUL ADELSTEIN as Agent Paul Kellerllerman
|PAUL ADELSTEIN as Agent Paul Kellerllerman
Paul Adelstein, a Chicago native, began his acting career with John Cusack’s New Crime Productions. He went on to work with the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company, appearing in productions including Morning Star, Good Bye Stranger and A Clockwork Orange.
Adelstein’s film credits include Memoirs of Geisha, Be Cool, Collateral and Intolerable Cruelty. On television, he starred in the Bravo series Breaking News, and has made guest appearances on such shows as Scrubs, Las Vegas, ER, Without a Trace and Law & Order: SVU. He also portrayed network executive Jeff Tucker in the Internet sensation Nobody’s Watching.
When not acting, Adelstein enjoys singing and writing songs for his Los Angeles-based band, Doris. Adelstein graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a degree in English from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
WILLIAM FICHTNER as Alexander Mahone
|WILLIAM FICHTNER as Alexander Mahone
Segueing effortlessly between television and feature films, William Fichtner starred as Sheriff Tom Underlay in the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama series Invasion. Fichtner also appeared in the Academy Award®-winning film Crash, and in the action/thriller Ultraviolet. He can also be seen in the feature comedy Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell.
Fichtner appeared in the cable miniseries Empire Falls, opposite Paul Newman and Ed Harris. His additional television credits include a starring role on the medical drama series MDs as well as guest roles on series such as The West Wing.
Fichtner’s feature credits include the remake of The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, Rodrigo Garcia’s Nine Lives, The Chumscrubber and The Moguls opposite Jeff Bridges. Additionally, Fichtner can be seen in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, First Snow, What’s the Worst That Could Happen?, Wolfgang Petersen’s The Perfect Storm, Drowning Mona, Passion of Mind, Armageddon, Michael Mann’s Heat, Contact, Go, The Underneath, Julie Walking Home, Equilibrium, The Settlement and Kevin Spacey’s directorial debut, Albino Alligator.
As a member of the Circle Repertory Theater, Fichtner won critical acclaim for his role in The Fiery Furnace, directed by Norman Rene. He has also appeared on stage in Raft of Medusa at the Minetta Lane Theater, The Years at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Clothes for a Summer Hotel at the Williamstown Theatre and Machinal at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater.
ROCKMOND DUNBAR as C-NoteRockmond Dunbar is best known for his leading role as “Kenny Chadway” on the long-running, critically-acclaimed cable drama series, Soul Food. Dunbar began his career as a series regular on Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi drama series Earth 2. Dunbar’s additional television credits include a starring role on the drama Head Cases, recurring roles on the comedies Girlfriends and Good News, and guest-starring roles on Felicity, The Pretender, Two Guys and a Girl, G vs E, North Shore and The Practice.
|ROCKMOND DUNBAR as C-Note
Dunbar’s feature credits include starring roles in the independent films Punks, Misery Loves Company, Sick Puppies, Whodunit, All About You and Love the Way. Most recently, Dunbar co-starred opposite Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. in the film noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He can also be seen in the feature film Dirty Laundry, on which he also served as a producer.
WADE WILLIAMS as Capt. Brad Bellick
|WADE WILLIAMS as Capt. Brad Bellick
Wade Williams has had a prolific career in television, film and theatrical productions. On the big screen, Williams will star alongside Maria Bello and Alison Lohman in the film Flicka, scheduled for release this October. He has appeared in such features as Jarhead, Collateral, Ali and Erin Brockovich. His television appearances include Over There, Six Feet Under, 24, NYPD Blue, CSI and in the recurring role of Father Cronin on The Bernie Mac Show.
Williams was raised with his three siblings in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Although he had a passion for drama and music he graduated high school intending to study medicine at the University of Tulsa. However, after signing up for voice lessons, Williams changed his career plans. He complemented his bachelor’s degree in theatrical studies with a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he studied under William Esper.
Upon graduation, Williams landed a job with Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival. He debuted at the Delicort Theatre in Central Park in The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman and Tracy Ullman, and appeared in Richard III with Denzel Washington. Williams continued to perform on and off-Broadway and toured nationally in productions such as Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Ragtime and Showboat.
Williams' fascination with the arts and music extends into photography, songwriting and playing the harmonica, guitar and fiddle. His adventurous side takes him to the mountains, where he enjoys hiking and mountain biking.
SARAH WAYNE CALLIES as Dr. Sara Tancredi
|SARAH WAYNE CALLIES as Dr. Sara Tancredi
Sarah Wayne Callies has quickly established herself as a talent to watch.
Callies can be seen in Stewart Hendler's thriller, Whisper. The film is about a young boy who is kidnapped in a small New England town. Callies stars as the lead opposite Josh Holloway and Dulé Hill.
Callies starred in the film adaptation of James Redfield's international best selling novel The Celestine Prophecy. The film traces the efforts of a man attempting to track down an ancient Peruvian manuscript containing nine insights that supposedly prophesy the emergence of modern spirituality.
Additional television credits include the role of Officer Jane Porter on Tarzan as well as a recurring role on Queens Supreme with Oliver Platt. Callies has also appeared on Law & Order: SVU, Numb3rs and Dragnet.
Callies earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the National Theatre Conservatory.
AMAURY NOLASCO as Fernando Sucre
|AMAURY NOLASCO as Fernando Sucre
Amaury Nolasco, a native of Puerto Rico, studied biology as a full-time student at the University of Puerto Rico. Initially he intended to enroll in medical school and become a doctor, but he was approached by a director and immediately cast in his first television commercial. After several acting gigs, Nolasco moved to New York, where he trained at the American British Dramatic Arts School. Classically trained in Shakespearean drama, the young actor focused on dialect technique, character work and stage presence.
Shortly thereafter, Nolasco began guest-starring on hit television shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and ER. He garnered his first supporting role in a studio film as Orange Julius in the hit sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. Nolasco brought charm to the role of the rival who challenges Paul Walker’s character in the opening car race. He went on to co-star opposite Bernie Mac in Mr. 3000 and was also seen in The Benchwarmers opposite Rob Schneider and David Spade.
Nolasco’s additional television credits include guest-starring roles on George Lopez, Eve and CSI: NY. He can also be seen in director Michael Bay’s live-action film adaptation of the popular animated series Transformers.
JOHN HEARD as Governor Tancredi
|JOHN HEARD as Governor Tancredi
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1946, John Heard studied acting at Catholic University. At the request of his sister, he journeyed to Chicago and joined Stuart Gordon's Organic Theatre Company, landing the lead role in the psychedelic musical WARP.
The show eventually travelled to Broadway, marking Heard's debut on the New York stage. Although he only played a week on the Great White Way, Heard found more work in the New York theatre community, where he eventually won a trio of Obie Awards for his work off-Broadway in G.R. Point at the Phoenix Repertory and in Othello and Split, both presented by the New York Shakespeare Festival.
He continued his success in New York with additional Broadway appearances in Total Abandon and as the Gentleman Caller in Tennessee Williams' classic The Glass Menagerie.
At the same time, Heard ventured into motion pictures with his first starring role in Joan Micklin Silver's comedy, Between the Lines.
Since that 1977 debut, Heard has logged over two dozen big-screen roles in such films as Joan Darling's First Love, Silver's Chilly Scenes of Winter, Ivan Passer's highly acclaimed film noir Cutter's Way, Paul Schrader's eerie thriller Cat People, Martin Scorsese's black comedy After Hours, Robert Redford's The Milagro Beanfield War, the Oscar®-winning A Trip to Bountiful, Heaven Help Us, Mindwalk and Heart Beat.
Heard had a busy 1988, appearing in a quartet of motion pictures as the envious toy-company executive opposite Tom Hanks in Big, Bette Midler's husband in Beaches, an FBI agent in Costa-Gavras' drama Betrayed and the mastermind of a political assassination in Andrew Davis' thriller, The Package. Heard's most recognized film work is likely as Macaulay Culkin's father in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Following the original Home Alone, Heard continued his active film schedule by co-starring as the skeptical doctor opposite Robin Williams and Robert De Niro in Penny Marshall's Awakenings and portraying Goldie Hawn's mysterious husband in Deceived. He also appeared in Martha Coolidge's Oscar®-nominated Rambling Rose, Richard Donner's fantasy, Radio Flyer, and Rowdy Harrington's Gladiators.
For television, Heard starred in the miniseries Cross of Fire and, with Shirley MacLaine, in Out on a Limb. He has also been seen in an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night on Showtime and Virtuoso for the BBC.
Other projects include Waterland and Me and Veronica. Heard was also seen in HBO's Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster, and during the first season of The Sopranos.
PETER STORMARE as John Abruzzi
|PETER STORMARE as John Abruzzi
Swedish-born actor/director Peter Stormare has an international flair that sets him apart from other performers. Stormare can be seen in Constantine with Keanu Reeves, Birth with Nicole Kidman, and The Brothers Grimm opposite Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. Stormare’s television credits include the telefilm Hitler: The Rise of Evil, the series Watching Ellie, and memorable guest appearances on Joey and Seinfeld.
Stormare has worked with exceptional directors throughout his career. He appeared in Penny Marshall’s Awakenings, Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report and The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the Coen brothers’ Fargo and The Big Lebowski, Joel Schumacher’s 8MM, and Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II and Armageddon. Stormare’s additional feature work includes Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark, Lasse Hallstrom’s Chocolat, Wim Wenders’ The Million Dollar Hotel, John Woo’s Windtalkers, Jonas Akerlund’s Spun, and Kevin Donovan’s The Tuxedo.
DOMINIC PURCELL as Lincoln Burrows
|DOMINIC PURCELL as Lincoln Burrows
Dominic Purcell can be seen in the adventure/thriller Gustave. In the film, shot on location in South Africa, Purcell portrays a member of a news team sent to capture and bring home a legendary 25-foot crocodile.
Purcell grew up in Australia and attended the prestigious Australian Theatre for Young People. After beginning his training there, he attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts alongside fellow actors Hugh Jackman and Frances O’Connor. After graduating, Purcell quickly landed a leading role in the Australian television series Raw FM.
Soon thereafter, Purcell was cast as a nemesis in the feature film Mission: Impossible 2 starring Tom Cruise and directed by John Woo. Purcell’s additional feature film credits include Blade: Trinity opposite Wesley Snipes, 3-Way, Equilibrium and Visitors.
His other television credits include the title role in the action-drama series John Doe, First Daughter opposite Mariel Hemingway and Moby Dick with Gregory Peck and Patrick Stewart.
Purcell’s theater credits include Antony and Cleopatra, Angels in America, The Pillars of Society and Romeo and Juliet.
MARSHALL ALLMAN as LJ BurrowsMarshall Allman began his acting career at the age of 15, when he produced and appeared in The History of the Devil, a premiere production of the Fear Theatre Company in Austin, Texas.
|MARSHALL ALLMAN as LJ Burrows
He originally intended to pursue a career in professional soccer, but when it came time to choose a college, his career path changed and he was deciding between New York to study art and Los Angeles to study acting.
After moving to Hollywood, Allman quickly landed acting roles in such films as Hostage, Dishdogz, Shallow Ground and Little Black Book. He has also appeared on television shows such as The Practice, Without a Trace and Malcolm in the Middle.
ROBERT KNEPPER as T-Bag
|ROBERT KNEPPER as T-Bag
Robert Knepper’s films include Good Night, and Good Luck, Hostage, Species III, Swatters and Love & Sex. His additional feature credits include Young Guns II, Renegades, That’s Life! and Wild Thing.
On television, Knepper has had recurring roles on the series Carnivale, Thieves, Haunted and Presidio Med. He has guest-starred on series such as ER, The West Wing and Getting Out. Knepper also starred in the miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot.
Knepper owes his acting career in large part to his mother, who, when he was a child, worked in the props department for a community theater in Freemont, Ohio. This involvement sparked Knepper’s interest in the arts, leading him to work in community theater and high school productions. He went on to study drama at Northwestern University.
ROBIN TUNNEY as Veronica DonovanRobin Tunney’s versatility in each of her acting performances has not only landed her roles starring alongside such actors as Michael Douglas, Ed Harris, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kyra Sedgwick, but has also made her a "treasured jewel" in the independent film world. With each edgy, powerful, comedic and sometimes quirky performance, she is defining herself as one of Hollywood’s leading young actresses.
|ROBIN TUNNEY as Veronica Donovan
Tunney can be seen on the big screen co-starring with Adrien Brody, Diane Lane and Ben Affleck in Focus Feature’s Hollywoodland. The story is inspired by the mysterious death of Superman star George Reeves. Tunney can also be seen in the independent feature Runaway and in Open Window, an independent film from director Mia Goldman, in which she plays a victim of sexual assault.
One of Tunney’s richest and most challenging roles was that of "Marcy," a young woman with Tourette’s syndrome in Bob Gosse’s critically acclaimed independent film Niagara, Niagara. Her performance earned her the Best Actress-Cuppa Volpe at the 1997 Venice Film Festival, as well as a 1999 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead.
Her additional feature credits include Paparazzi, Shadow of Fear, The Zodiac, The In-Laws starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks, Alan Rudolpj’s The Secret Lives of Dentists, End of Days starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Craft, for which she and Fairuza Balk won an MTV Movie Award®, Encino Man opposite Brendan Fraser and Julian Po opposite Christian Slater.
On television, Tunney starred in the miniseries JFK: Reckless Youth, with Patrick Dempsey; Riders of the Purple Sage, with Ed Harris and Amy Madigan; and Montana, with Kyra Sedgwick and Stanley Tucci.
Tunney began her career in Chicago, where she studied at the Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts.
STACY KEACH as Warden Henry Pope
|STACY KEACH as Warden Henry Pope
Stacy Keach is a consummate actor who is as comfortable performing on stage as he is in television and films. The multiple award-winning performer was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, the Yale School of Drama and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
In 1999, Keach appeared for a limited run on London’s West End starring in the British production of the Tony Award®-winning play Art, receiving glowing reviews to sold-out audiences. He also co-starred with Vanessa Williams and Diahann Carroll in an original cable movie, The Courage to Love, an epic drama set in the pre-Civil War South. He also narrated and hosted the successful TV series The World’s Most Amazing Videos, which enjoyed incredibly high ratings.
He was honored by The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. in 1999, receiving the prestigious Millennium Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to the classical theater. His reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets, sold as a CD on his website, is a best-selling classical CD.
Keach’s feature film credits include the Oscar®-nominated American History X, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Traveling Executioner, Luther, The New Centurions, Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke, Nice Dreams, The Ninth Configuration, John Huston’s Fat City, The Long Riders (which he also co-wrote and produced with his brother James), That Championship Season and Escape from L.A.
Keach is probably best known to television audiences as the hard-boiled private eye, Mike Hammer. He also starred as Jonas Steel in the Civil War miniseries The Blue and the Gray, portrayed Sam Houston in James Michener’s Texas and played Mistral in Mistral’s Daughter. He won a Golden Globe Award® for Best Actor in his title-role performance in the mini-series Hemingway, which also won him an Emmy® nomination. Keach also was a regular on Titus.
Keach made his Broadway debut in 1969 as Buffalo Bill in Arthur Kopit’s Indians, earning him a Tony Award® nomination for Best Actor. For his performance in the title role of the Off-Broadway hit Macbird, he won an Obie Award, the Vernon Rice Award, a Drama Desk Award, and the Saturday Review’s Best Performance in a Comedy Award. His portrayal of Jamie in Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey into Night won him his second Obie and Vernon Rice Awards, and he received a third Obie and Vernon Rice Award for his critically acclaimed Hamlet at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
PRISON BREAK TRIVIA
Trivia #1: Wentworth was born in England to American parents but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His father is black and his mother is white. After graduating from Princeton he moved to LA in '95 to work in showbusiness but he says he didn't want to be an actor because he didn't have the nerve. Before starring in Prison Break he appeared in two Mariah Carey videos for 'It's Like That' and 'We Belong Together'. The name 'Wentworth' comes from the Jane Austen novel 'Persuasion' and is the first name of his father and grandfather. He is currently appearing in a GAP 'Khakis with Attitude' campaign in the US. It takes 5 hours to create his tattoo and it is applied and removed daily. He's allergic to dogs and cats. He has said he doesn't watch Prison Break to ensure he focuses purely on his character and does not get distracted by the plot twists and turns. He says his character Michael and he share the qualities of discipline, organisation and perfectionism with his character.
Trivia #2: Many of the scenes are filmed on location in the actual cell that housed John Wayne Gacy.
Trivia #3: The filming location, the old Joliet Prison, actually only has cells stacked two high. To be able to show the cells stacked three high, a studio set was constructed.
Trivia #4: Stacy Keach (the Prison Warden) spent six months in a British prison and modeled his character after the man in charge at that institution.
Trivia #5: The character of "D.B. Cooper" is based on an actual person, who in 1971, after hijacking an airliner, extorted $200,000 from its owner, Northwest Orient, and leaped off the airborne plane with 21 pounds of $20 bills strapped to his body. He was never caught.
Trivia #6: The name of the prison in the show, Fox River, shares the name of a river that runs through Western Chicagoland, near the real prison filming location.
Trivia #7: The electric chair is not used as a primary instrument of execution in the State of Illinois where the series is set. Originally, the method of execution scripted for Lincoln's death was via lethal injection. For shock value, however, this was changed to the electric chair. The State of Illinois currently has a moratorium on the death penalty.
Trivia 8: 13 prisons banned the show
Trivia 9: In the season 1 finale, the character of Dr. Sara Tancredi was originally intended to have been killed off from the drug overdose. However due to the network's request, the popularity of the character and Robin Tunney wanting to move on to other endeavors, Sara remained alive for season 2 while the show's other female lead Veronica Donovan was killed off in her place.
Trivia 10: Wentworth Miller was a last minute casting choice. He started filming about a week after auditioning/being cast.
Prison Break airs every Thurs, 10.30pm. The series will be pre-empted on Apr 26, May 31 (Vesak Day) & Aug 9 (National Day)
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