Casper Van Dien
Casper grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey on Van Dien Avenue (named after his great, great grandfather). When he and his family moved to Florida he enrolled at the elite military college prep school Admiral Farragut Academy where he graduated third in command. After attending Florida State University he moved to LA to pursue an acting career where he found success in both film and TV.
His breakthrough role was as the lead in Paul Verhoeven’s cult-classic “Starship Troopers” for Sony/Touchstone. He was also cast in Tim Burton’s critically acclaimed film “Sleepy Hollow” for Paramount Pictures with Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci and Christopher Walken.
Van Dien starred as ‘Lord of the Jungle’ in the Warner Bros. film “Tarzan and the Lost City”. Casper has starred in over 60 films and television projects. Some of his credits include “Chasing Destiny” with Lauren Graham & Christopher Lloyd, “odern Vampires” with Kim Cattrall & Rod Steiger, “Thrill Seekers” with Catherine Bell & Martin Sheen, “Personal Effects” with Penelope Ann Miller, “Officer Down” with Sherilyn Fenn, “Big Spender” with Graham Green, “James Dean: Live Fast Die Young” with Robert Mitchum, “The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb” for Hallmark Entertainment and the surprise independent hit “The Omega Code” with his wife Catherine Oxenberg.
Catherine and Casper have worked together on several different projects including a TV series they produced and starred together in for Lifetime Television called “I Married a Princess”. They have formed a production company together, Holy Cow Entertainment, with a unique vision to produce socially responsible, quality family entertainment with the intention of uplifting and transforming people.
Currently, Casper starred in “Ace’s N’ Eights” with Ernest Borgnine, which aired on ION and is now on DVD at Blockbuster, and he just finished “Mask of the Ninja” for Spike TV. He reprised his role of Johnny Rico in “Starship Troopers Marauder” directed by writer/director Ed Neumeier coming out this summer.
Catherine and Casper currently live in Malibu with their 5 children.
Patricia is perhaps best known for her work in the 1990 cult classic “Night of The Living Dead” as Barbara, the beleaguered heroine. Some may argue she is best known for her role as Lyta Alexander in JMS’s Hugo Award winning series, Babylon 5. Either way, she has been swept into a career that features horror and Science Fiction projects. She is less recognizable, but no less memorable, as the Horror Hag in Evil Dead III, Army of Darkness. Pat was featured in the Los Angeles Sci Fest of Plays 2014, and recently shot a Criminal Minds.
Fans make a game of spotting her in the over 50 appearances in ST:TNG, DS9 and Voyager as well as the feature “Generations”. Zombie fans will enjoy “Dead Air”, and sci fi fans may enjoy Pat’s book “Pleasure Thresholds, Patricia Tallman’s Babylon 5 Memoirs” available at B5pat.com.
Pat’s other projects include starring in the sci-fi audio thriller series “Anne Manx”, playing one of the leads, Lt. Jean Richmond. Equally important to Patricia is her fund-raising activities for the children of Penny Lane. Through her efforts within the science Fiction & horror community, Pat and her fans have contributed more than $350,000 to Penny Lane over the past several years, the bulk of which transformed the CARE Computer Lab dream into reality. Since 1996, Pat, her friends, family and fans have made a holiday happen for the Penny Lane kids through the “Be A Santa program”. You can go to www.beasanta.org to join in on the fun!
Currently Pat is a producer and development executive, acting on the stage, TV and films. Her favorite role is that of mother to her son, Julian.
There are very few actors who can lay claim to a professional resume as long and varied as Ernie Hudson. He was slimed when he co-starred as one of the “Ghostbusters” in two films; he played the simple-minded handyman Solomon in the box-office smash “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle”, and starred as Warden Glynn in the critically acclaimed HBO series “Oz.”
Hudson’s subsequent screen roles included parts in “Weeds” with Nick Nolte, “Leviathan,” “Sugar Hill,” “The Cowboy Way,” “Speechless,” “No Escape,” “The Substitute,” and “Basketball Diaries.” When director Curtis Hanson (“L.A. Confidential”) was making “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,” he cast Hudson in the pivotal role of Solomon. Another favorite role of Hudson’s was in the thriller “Congo.”
Hudson also co-starred as Officer Albrecht in the 1994 thriller “The Crow” opposite the late Brandon Lee.
Not wanting to be typecast, he’s taken on more daring parts, including playing the cigar-smoking professional golfer in “Miracle on the 17th Green,” a terrorist expert in TBS’ highly-rated premiere film “Nowhere to Land,” a psychotic mass murderer in the thriller “October 22,” the President of the United States in the action film “Stealth Fighter,” and the late James Jordan in the Fox Family telefilm “Michael Jordan: An American Hero”. Hudson is as usual proving equally comfortable in any genre. He can be seen in Universal’s “The Watcher,” a suspense thriller starring with Keanu Reeves, James Spader and Marisa Tomei. He so-stars in the Castle Rock comedy “Miss Congeniality,” with Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, and Michael Caine.
For someone with over 100 film and television credits on his resume, Ernie Hudson still considers his biggest challenges ahead of him.
English born and raised, Esmé Bianco holds a reputation as an internationally acclaimed actress and performer of the highest calibre.
She is currently best known for her role as ‘Ros’ in the Emmy award winning HBO show GAME OF THRONES. When Esmé was cast as Ros her character was only intended to appear in one scene, playing opposite Peter Dinklage, in the pilot episode. Once the series got picked up for a full season, the whole of the pilot episode was reshot, with the exception of this scene – which the producers loved so much they wanted to keep the original.
Based on the strength of Esmé’s performance in that single scene, the producers decided to expand the role of Ros and create a storyline for her, which does not appear in the books on which the series is based. Esmé’s talents garnered a series regular role for three seasons of GAME OF THRONES and secured her a loyal fan base across the globe. Her film credits include BURLSQUE FAIRYTALES, BIG I AM, CROWLEY, and upcoming releases SCORPION KING 4, LIVING AMOUNG US and MIND PUPPETS.
Esmé has also had a glittering modelling career staring in campaigns for lingerie lines such as Agent Provocateur, Modern Courtesan and Atsuko Kudo. She became internationally famed for her burlesque and cabaret shows which took her around the globe, performing at top clubs and venues and creating shows for the likes of Sting, the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, W hotel, Ministry of Sound and Vanity Fair to name a few.
Esmé recently relocated to Los Angeles, but remains the true English rose…just beware of the thorns!
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Talented character actor BILL BLAIR will be joining us this year. We are REALLY excited about this. Bill Blair holds the Guinness world record for most special effect make-up characters portrayed in a career! That is AMAZING!! Just a few of his many many show/movie appearances to date:
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: The Experience – Borg Invasion 4D
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
… and MANY, MANY more!
Camden Toy is best known for playing some of the creepiest and scariest villains on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. He played Lord Menace in 2014’s Superhero action movie “Now Hiring”. He played one of the Gentlemen in the Emmy Award nominated episode “Hush”, the skin eating demon Gnarl, and the recurring role of The Ubervamp. He also appeared on ANGEL as The Prince of Lies. He also starred in Goodnightt Burbank and The Bay.
Rick has starred in many movies and shows, but is best known for his role in Twilight, as Jacob Black’s great great grandfather Ephraim Black, leader of the original Werewolf Tribe. Rick also starred in The Dead of the Damned, and has receieved 4 film awards thus far.
Dango has re-occureing role on CW’s runaway hit The Originals and starred in Season 3 of The Walking Dead as a Woodbury guard. He also played Master Chong in the 2012 movie Masters.
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Sonya has recently played multiple iconic walkers in AMS’s The Walking Dead. She has worked on several projects with film, music videos, TV show and commercials. She was born in Northeast George and currenly lives near Atlanta. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, drawing, writing and kayaking.
Santiago recently played Juilo on the Walking Dead. He was born in Puerto Rico and was six of seven children. Santiago played in numerous high school Dramatic Arts Pograms hosted and coordinated events. He also served in the U.S. Army Infantry for 6 years.
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William Robert Jones is a professional actor best known for his portrayal of “The ‘Down Home Springs’ Truck Driver” in Eli Roth’s 2002 hit horror film “Cabin Fever,” where he also served as a driver on the transportation crew. A native of Georgia, Jones has worked on several films including “Eyeborgs,” “Bone Creek,” “Rodney Cecil: Psycho Killer,” and more as both a cast and crew member, mostly due to his 33 years of experience as a professional truck driver.
Eliza Jayne is a model, actress and Ghost Huntress from Pennsylvania. Eliza has done promo work for many national companies, appeared on numerous television shows, national radio programs, and international magazines. Most recently she was featured on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters Season 8 and Jerseylicious Season 6. She is currently working on several independent films Her interest in the Paranormal has also been part of her paths calling for many years as well, which has lead her to furthering the need to investigate and study the Field. She has been able to join different groups and people, and been able to investigate from Gettysburg and it’s battlefield, to the Hudson Valley NY area to the ”The Shanley Hotel”.
She was a new recruit for “Paranormal Task Force” “aka” PTF and filmed several Episodes of a TV Show called “HAUNT U”, which has been Airing on Comcast’s ON DEMAND’S “Paranormal TV” station. Where she and another New Recruit, were trained on investigative techniques and equipment, and then sent out to use their training to investigate, ”Eastern State Penitentiary” in Philadelphia PA.
Talented author of “The Coven’ and ‘The Secret Keepers’, Chrissy Lessey.
Chrissy Lessey is an autism advocate, a coffee junkie, and an avid reader. Her debut novel, The Coven, marks the beginning of the Crystal Coast series. She is currently working on the next installment in the series as well as other projects. Her books are getting five star reviews across the board and she will be signing her books at our event!!
Anna Maria Cancelli
Anna Maria Cancelli studied special effects makeup at California’s Westmore Academy and has done special effects makeup for many feature films including “The Patriot”, “Cold Mountain”, and “The Black Knight”. She also the television series “Dawson’s Creek” and The History Channel’s “Days That Shook the World”, where she created the character of Abraham Lincoln and many wounded for Pearl Harbor and The Battle of Midway episodes. Other makeup artist film credits include Sam Raimi’s “The Gift”, “Radio”, “The Notebook”, “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood”, “Touch of Fate” with Terri Hatcher, Hallmark’s “The Runaway”, and the 20/20 special on Pearl Harbor with David Brinkley, as well as numerous commercials, music videos, and print advertisements.
Krista is an aspiring author of several short stories. Inspired by the music of Midnight Syndicate, Krista’s first novelette, Blackest Rose, was born. What finally set her on the path to the creation of The William’s Hunt series was surgery for two herniated discs in her neck. With nothing better to do than to zone out on Netflix, her mind began to work within another genre she had come to incorporate into her life: Steampunk. The seeds of Captain Alex, Laurence Kane and The William’s Hunt were born! If asked, Krista would say that this is the first project she has ever started AND finished! She is very excited to join the Crystal Coast Con this year and share her love for storytelling and writing.
William Fripp is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and currently resides in Lincolnton, North Carolina with his wife, Valerie, and two cats. After nearly three decades in the restaurant business, he has turned his passion for storytelling into a full time job. He is a published author, blogger, speech writer, public speaker, musician and is active on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and LinkedIn.
Ashley Bell – Atomic Muffin
Ashley Bell is a cosplayer, seamtress, and makeup artist from Columbia, South Carolina. As a cosplayer, she is perhaps best known for her popular Lady Loki cosplay, as well as many others from the realm of comic books and video games. In addition to her own work in the realm of cosplay, Ashley is also the founder of both the Columbia’s Cosplayers Group, and Columbia’s ValhallaCon.
Nox Going Wolf
Jessica Strachan (Nox Going Wolf), is a veteran Console/PC gamer and up and coming Voice Actor. She has been taking steps to explore costuming and expand her artistic arsenal since 2012. Her longest love/hate relationship has been with World of Warcraft – fighting in the arena and on the battlegrounds Hordeside. Her current love is League of Legends and it’s rare she turns down a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Aspiring to work for Riot or Blizzard, she devours patch notes and researches team comps while going to college and working full time! Easy-going and an all around geek, she looks forward to traveling and meeting new people!
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King Robota was favored on last season’s America’s Got Talent
Dave Atwell, Author
Dave Atwell is originally from Washington D.C. and moved to Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1983. He graduated from White Oak High School in 1988.
Dave has always had a passion for writing and is a self- proclaimed, geek at heart. He is a huge fan of The Walking Dead and The Game of Thrones.
“Rotting Frontier” is Dave’s first published work despite writing many stories that have never made it to print. His inspiration for the book came from his love for westerns and survival horror. It was edited by his brother, Dan, who is also a White Oak High School graduate. They are already working on the second book of the series, along with some stand-alone tales from the characters in “Rotting Frontier”.
“Rotting Frontier” is currently available on amazon.com, createspace.com, and barnesandnoble.com. A Kindle version is also available. Visit the “Rotting Frontier” Facebook page for regular updates and commentary from Dave. Don’t forget to “Like” the page!
When he’s not writing, Dave enjoys playing golf, sports, and attending comic cons with his wife, Dale, and son, Robert. They currently live in Jacksonville.
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Pineapple Shaped Lamps
Once in a blue moon, a group of people come together and change the very foundation of geek comedy as we know it. And when we find out who those people are, we can’t wait to murder them in secret and then take credit for their achievement. Until then, we are Pineapple-Shaped Lamps, a ridiculawesome Wilmington-based comedy troupe, and we are here to deliver our own unique brand of silliness upon an unsuspecting and frankly terrified public. We will be appearing at Crystal Coast Con to perform our popular “Whose Geek Is It Anyway?” improv show, along with some other awesome panels!
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The Carolina Ghostbusters is a group of paranormal investigators who keep the Carolinas safe from spooks, spirits, ghosts, and ghouls. Traveling around in their Ecto-1, a fully equipped mobile paranormal investigation vehicle, the Carolina Ghostbusters enjoy meeting with fans at charity events, parades, parties, and other social events.
Premier Wrestling Federation
We are excited to have the Premier Wrestling Federation joining us for the first time this year at the Con. They are an exciting group of wrestlers and prove to bring lots of energy to the Con! The PWF is a different style of professional wrestling, producing events in a positive manner featuring a variety of styles. They will be bringing several of their professional wrestlers to sign autographs and interact with our attendees.
U.S.S. Kitty Hawk
The U.S.S. Kitty Hawk is the Raleigh, NC, chapter of StarFleet International, a world-wide association of fans with a common interest in Star Trek and other science fiction. Our goal is to celebrate the ideas expresssed in the Star Trek universe through active participation in community service activities throughout the greater Triangle area — including the annual UNC-TV pledge drive, which we’ve done for the last 20+ years.
For more information about U.S.S. Kitty Hawk check them out here:
U.S.S. Kitty Hawk Website
Scud and Bum
“Scud” and “Bum” are Main Characters at The Nightmare Factory Haunted Attraction in Havelock NC. They are Zombie Performers with a list of Edgy Talents. As Sideshow Entertainers they are best known for their Dual Fire Breathing act and Disgusting Antics.
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