Movie & TV Makers Today with Integrity, Courage, Character- Dr. Diane Howard, Movie/TV editor, reviewer, interviewer

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Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performance Studies); interviews/supports moviemakers today who display character, integrity, and courage (further information about these can be found on IMDb Pro)

1. Roma Downey

Actress | Touched by an Angel

Roma Downey is an Emmy-nominated actress and producer who has been creating inspirational content for 25 years. Born in Northern Ireland, she was classically trained in London. She has performed on stage with the famed Abbey Theater and has appeared both on and off Broadway. For almost a decade, ...

2. Mark Burnett

Producer | Shark Tank

Mark Burnett is a television and film producer, author, and Chairman of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., (MGM) Television. He has garnered twelve Emmy Awards, five Producer Guild of America Awards, seven Critic's Choice Television Awards and six People's Choice Awards.

Burnett has produced more ...

3. Jon Voight

Actor | Midnight Cowboy

Jon Voight is an American actor of German and Slovak descent. He has won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as paraplegic Vietnam War veteran Luke Martin in the war film "Coming Home" (1978). He has also been nominated for the same award other two times. He was first ...

4. Pat Boone

Soundtrack | Journey to the Center of the Earth

Actor, singer, author and songwriter ("Exodus") Pat Boone was educated at David Lipscombe College, North Texas State College and Columbia University (from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958). His career in entertainment began when he emceed a teenage talent show on radio and ...

5. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

6. David Oyelowo

Actor | The Water Man

David Oyelowo also known as 'David O', is a classically trained stage actor who has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and received the "Scholarship for Excellence" from Nicholas Hytner in 1998.

David ...

7. Jon Erwin

Director | I Can Only Imagine

Jon & Andrew Erwin are a directing team that focus on developing and producing unique stories of redemption, faith, and triumph of the human spirit. The duo began their career as teenagers in their hometown of Birmingham, AL, working as camera operators for ESPN. Local games at the university of ...

8. Andrew Erwin

Director | I Can Only Imagine

Andrew Erwin and his brother Jon are the filmmaking team known by most as the Erwin Brothers. The Birmingham, Alabama born brothers grew up around college football and entertainment. Their father, a local news anchor introduced them to the television industry at a young age. As teenagers they began...

9. Priscilla C. Shirer

Actress | War Room

Priscilla, who hails from Dallas, grew up well acquainted with the Bible because of her father being a pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, a non-denominational church. As a freshman at the University of Houston, she interned with a Christian radio station. Soon listeners were calling the station,...

10. T.D. Jakes

Producer | Jumping the Broom

T.D. Jakes was born on June 9, 1957 in South Charleston, West Virginia, USA as Thomas Dexter Jakes II. He is a producer and actor, known for Jumping the Broom (2011), Not Easily Broken (2009) and Heaven Is for Real (2014). He has been married to Serita Jakes since May 29, 1982. They have five ...

11. T.C. Stallings

Actor | War Room

T.C. Stallings is a former professional athlete now finding success in film and television. T.C.'s desires shifted from football to acting in 2004, when he landed a spot on Animal Planet's King of the Jungle, a reality television show where he emerged as the season 2 champion. He then began a 4-...

12. Harry Connick Jr.

Actor | Hope Floats

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the son of Anita Frances (Levy), a lawyer and judge, and Harry Connick, Sr. (Joseph Harry Fowler Connick), who served as District Attorney of New Orleans from 1973 to 2003. His father is of Irish, English, and German ...

13. Stephen Kendrick

Producer | Overcomer

Stephen Kendrick co-wrote and produced the movies: Overcomer, War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel and co-authored the books: The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men, and The Battleplan for Prayer. He and his brothers, Alex and Shannon operate Kendrick Brothers Productions...

14. Alex Kendrick

Actor | Courageous

Born in Athens, Georgia as the middle of three sons to Larry and Rhonwyn Kendrick. Grew up in Smyrna, GA and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. Worked as a Christian DJ for two radio stations before attending New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary...

15. Tim D. Janis

Actor | Dreamland

Tim D. Janis was born on an Air Force Base in Northern California. Within months moving to Ohio before transfer to Belgium and Germany. While in Europe his family traveled to France, England, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain as he became an "observer" of the details of people and culture. Returning ...

16. Shari Rigby

Actress | October Baby

Growing up in North Dakota, Shari dreamed of being an entertainer. For Shari, success in print modeling came at a young age and quickly evolved into commercial work & film. She has been credited with eight films, and an assortment of print awards. She is currently working on the promotion & release...

17. Kevin Sorbo

Actor | Let There Be Light

Kevin spent 3 years traveling around the world, modeling for print ads and appearing in over 150 commercials, before landing in his breakout series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995).

Kevin David Sorbo was born in Mound, Minnesota, on September 24, 1958, to Ardis (Thompson), a nurse, and Lynn ...

18. Sam Sorbo

Actress | Miracle in East Texas

Sam Sorbo was born on October 18, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Sandra Jenkins. She is an actress and producer, known for Miracle in East Texas (2019), Andromeda (2000) and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995). She has been married to Kevin Sorbo since January 5, 1998. They have three...

19. Cyrus Nowrasteh

Writer | The Stoning of Soraya M.

Of Iranian descent, he was born in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from Madison West High School and was a city boys high school tennis champion. Nowrasteh attended New Mexico State University on an athletic scholarship and later transferred to the University of ...

20. DeVon Franklin

Hancock

DeVon Franklin is an award-winning Film & TV producer, best-selling author, in-demand preacher and spiritual success coach. A recognized authority on spirituality, faith and the entertainment business, Franklin is committed to using the power of media as an inspirational tool. Beliefnet calls him ...

21. John Schneider

Actor | The Dukes of Hazzard

John Richard Schneider IV was born April 8, 1960, in Mt. Kisco, New York, to Shirley and John Richard "Jack" Schneider III, a pilot and U.S. Air Force veteran. His parents divorced when he was two. John began acting at the age of eight. He was in many plays in New York City. He and his mother moved...

22. Eduardo Verástegui

Actor | Bella

Eduardo Verástegui was born on May 21, 1974 in Mante, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is an actor, producer, businessman and philanthropist. In 2004, he started the production company Metanoia Films, with the goal of producing films that had the potential to not only entertain but also to make a difference ...

23. Kirk Cameron

Actor | Growing Pains

Kirk Thomas Cameron was born in Panorama City, California, to Barbara Cameron (née Barbara Jeanne Bausmith), a homemaker, and Robert Cameron, a teacher. Though his parents initially did not project show business aspirations onto their children, a family friend in the business noted to Barbara that ...

24. Candace Cameron Bure

Actress | Full House

Candace Helaine Cameron Bure was the youngest of four children, born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California to Robert and Barbara Cameron. Following in the footsteps of her older brother Kirk Cameron, (who played Mike Seaver for 7 seasons on the hit show Growing Pains (1985)), Candace decided to...

25. Chuck Norris

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Chuck Norris is familiar to fans worldwide as the star of action films such as The Hitman (1991), The Delta Force (1986) and Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990). He also starred in Missing in Action (1984) and its sequels, Firewalker (1986) and Sidekicks (1992). He was an executive ...

26. Brian Bird

Producer | When Calls the Heart

As a 35-year veteran of the Hollywood film and television business, Brian Bird's mission as a writer, producer and media professional is to create high-caliber life-affirming redemptive true stories and uplifting entertainment projects. Bird, who hails from Illinois, is co-founder and partner with ...

27. Sean Astin

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Sean Patrick Astin (né Duke; February 25, 1971) is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, producer, family man, author, marathon runner, political activist and philanthropist who is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies (1985), for playing...

28. Hugh Jackman

Actor | Les Misérables

Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film ...

29. Gary Sinise

Actor | Forrest Gump

Gary Alan Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois, to Mylles S. (Alsip) and Robert L. Sinise, A.C.E., a film editor. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), English, Scottish, Irish, French, German, and Swedish ancestry. His family moved to Highland Park, where he attended high school. ...

30. Cary Solomon

Writer | Unplanned

Cary Solomon was born on September 7, 1958 in Wayne, New Jersey, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Unplanned (2019), God's Not Dead (2014) and Do You Believe? (2015).

31. Chuck Konzelman

Writer | God's Not Dead

Chuck Konzelman was born in 1960 in Wayne, New Jersey, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for God's Not Dead (2014), God's Not Dead 2 (2016) and Do You Believe? (2015).

32. Robert Duvall

Actor | The Apostle

Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a ...

33. Jim Caviezel

Actor | The Passion of the Christ

James Patrick Caviezel was born on September 26, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was one of five children born to Margaret (Lavery), a former stage actress, and James Caviezel, a chiropractor. The Caviezels are a closely knit Catholic family. He is of Irish (mother) and Swiss and ...

34. Dean Cain

Actor | God's Not Dead

Dean Cain was born Dean George Tanaka in Mount Clemens, Michigan, to actress Sharon Thomas Cain and Roger Tanaka. His mother married his adoptive father, director Christopher Cain, when Dean was three. Though he grew up in Malibu and attended Santa Monica High School, his career plans favored ...

35. David Strathairn

Actor | Good Night, and Good Luck.

David Russell Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949 in San Francisco, California. He is the son of Mary Frances (Frazier), a nurse, and Thomas Scott Strathairn, Jr., a physician. He has two siblings, Tom and Anne. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, Hawaiian, and one ...

36. Tim Tebow

Producer | Run the Race

Regarded by many as the greatest player in the history of college football, Tim Tebow was born in the Philippines to Baptist missionaries. Before she became pregnant with him, his mother had contracted amoebic dysentery. During her pregnancy, the medications used to treat the dysentery caused a ...

37. Jenn Gotzon

Actress | The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland

Jenn Gotzon's career break came playing Pres. Nixon's daughter Tricia in the Oscar-nominated "Frost/Nixon", which launched Gotzon starring in many family films on Amazon winning awards and nominations for The Farmer and The Belle: Saving Santaland, Doonby, God's Country, Forgiven, Unbridled and My ...

38. Cameron Arnett

Actor | I Still Believe

Cameron Arnett was born on October 14, 1960 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is an actor and director, known for I Still Believe (2020), Overcomer (2019) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

39. Alveda King

Actress | Roe v. Wade

Alveda King is an actress and producer, known for Roe v. Wade (2019), Sharky's Machine (1981) and Made in Heaven (1987).

40. Stephen Baldwin

Actor | The Usual Suspects

Stephen Baldwin was born on May 12, 1966 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA as Stephen Andrew Baldwin. He is an actor and producer, known for The Usual Suspects (1995), Bio-Dome (1996) and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000). He has been married to Kennya Baldwin since June 10, 1990. ...

41. Tony Evans

Director | Dr. Tony Evans

Tony Evans is a director and producer, known for Dr. Tony Evans (2016), Kingdom Men Rising (2019) and Show Me the Father (2021).

42. Greg Laurie

Writer | A Rush of Hope: Find Answers to Life's Questions

Greg Laurie is a pastor, producer, and writer, known for Steve McQueen: American Icon (2017), Hope for Hurting Hearts (2013) and Lost Boy (2009). He was born on December 10, 1952, in Long Beach, California, USA and has been married to Cathe since 1974. They have two children and five grandchildren.



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