Denise Michelle Crosby has appeared in film and television since the early 1980s. A photo spread in a issue of Playboy magazine and a recurring role in the soap opera Days of Our Lives allowed Denise to break through to stardom.
Denise caught her big break playing Lieutenant Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation . The character allowed Denise to build a sizable fan base that exists to this day. In 1989, she played the mother of a dead toddler who was brought back to life through an ancient curse in Stephen King’s horror novel film adaptation Pet Sematary. Remaining in the horror genre, Denise played a similar role of a mother who discovers her young daughter’s doll is evil in the Child’s Play clone Dolly Dearest.
She continued to make numerous guest appearances, including a couple of episodes of the cable series Red Shoe Diaries , which were subsequently released on video. There were also roles in Relative Fear, Mutant Species, Dream Man, Executive Power, The X-Files, JAG, The Agency, Threat Matrix, Eyes and Dexter . More high-profile work arrived in the form of a small role in Jackie Brown , playing a public defender, and a sizable part as a pregnant mother in the hit disaster movie Deep Impact, a leading role in the western/horror indie film Legend of the Phantom Rider and has appeared in a horror film by legendary genre director Tobe Hooper, Mortuary.
Denise gained major recognition as a “Star Trek” fan by producing and presenting Trekkies and its sequel Trekkies 2.
Currently, Denise has a re-occuring role on season 4 and 5 of the award winning AMC mega hit The Walking Dead. She plays Mary of Terminus.
This capable actress continues to appear on television and in film. Best known for her “Star Trek” days, Denise warmly embraces her fans often at conventions.
Kris Holden-Ried trained as an actor with Uta Hagen’s Master Class Scene Study and Janine Manatis of The Actor’s Studio before going on to amass an impressive résumé of work on the big and small screens. Playing the cool shape-shifting Fae and detective, “Dyson” on Showcase’s drama series, Lost Girl, Holden-Ried’s most memorable lead roles include “Giles” in A Touch of Pink and “Jack” in A Stone’s Throw, and he supported in Gossip with Kate Hudson, K-19: The Widow Maker, and as Wayne Gretzky in Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story. Other roles have included Emotional Arithmetic, starring Susan Sarandon and Gabriel Byrne; Never Forget, a mystery thriller featuring Lou Diamond-Phillips, A Broken Life, a drama with Tom Sizemore; plus Public Domain; Niagara Motel; Going To Kansas City and Textuality. Holden-Ried starred alongside Kate Beckinsale in the big-screen blockbuster, Underworld 4 and can be seen in the upcoming feature films: Three Days in Havana, Sex After Kids and The Returned.
Holden-Ried also features prominently on television as Sir William Compton on the historical drama, The Tudors, and in the major co-production by BBC, CBC and ABC of Ben Hur. Holden-Ried gained attention for playing bassist “Noel Redding” in Hendrix (Showtime’s biopic on Jimi Hendrix). He also appeared on the gritty Street Time (Showtime), and the TV movies Icebound, starring Susan Sarandon, Shaftesbury’s Hemingway vs. Callaghan; A Killing Spring, The Many Trials Of One Jane Doe.
He is also an accomplished athlete. As a World Cup equestrian, fencer and swimmer, Holden-Ried earned himself a spot on the Canadian National Pentathlon Team and was a Silver Medalist at both the Pan-Am and Pan-Pacific Championships.
Holden-Ried is looking forward to reprising his role as “Dyson” for Lost Girl’s highly anticipated fifth and final season.
Jason J. Lewis
Jason J. Lewis was born on June 28, 1976 in Torrance, California. He is known for his voice work on Justice League Action (2016), Swamp Talk with Shrek & Donkey (2015) and Disney Infinity 3.0 (2015). Recently, he wrapped up filming the soon-to-be released, Sightings, which is a sci-fi/thriller about a dysfunctional family who live on a ranch in TX. He will be playing Deputy Brian Lemoine.
Rachel Kimsey is stepping into Diana Prince’s killer boots as Wonder Woman in the new animated series Justice League Action with WB Animation and Cartoon Network. Playing Wonder Woman is a life long dream come true.
Rachel Kimsey has worked in Film, Television, Theatre, Video Games and Animation in the US and Internationally. She teaches acting at The BGB Studio.
She is Rachel Kane in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Betty Brant in Spider-Man 3, Mira in Zero Time Dilemma, Nozomi in the popular dance game Persona 4, Claire Rieveldt in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, and various characters in Halo Wars 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and other games on their way.
Rachel was a very good girl as Mackenzie Browning on The Young and The Restless, and a very bad girl as Meredith on Days of our Lives. She got to shape shift and save Sylar as Michelle on Heroes and has been both the killer and the killed on NCIS, Moonlight, and Medium. She was lucky enough to get out of years of being a stunt performer with all her joints in tact and will always be grateful to Disney TV for her first big break in the cult favorite Don’t Look Under the Bed.
Matthew Waterson was born in America and grew up in Britain. As a result he talks funny. He currently appears in Guillermo Del Toro’s “Trollhunters” as the trollwarrior Draal. Fortunately he looks good in blue. He recently worked on the Marvel film “Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell” as the villain Nightmare and miniseries Halo: The Fall of reach” as Captain Wallaci.
In video games, he has appeared in Halo Wars 2 as Douglas-042, “Conan Exiles” as Conan the Barbarian, Final Fantasy XV, Titanfall 2, Call of Duty-Infinite Warfare, World of Warcraft, Halo 5: Guardians, Fallout 4, and Star Wars Uprising.
He has also worked on stage in New York, across the US and in Europe. However, on stage he never got to be a Troll, the God of the dreamscape or Cimmerian barbarian. So, it hardly counts as work.
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.
Talented character actor Bill Blair will be joining us this year. Bill Blair holds the Guinness world record for most special effect make-up characters portrayed in a career, which is amazing! Bill also played a Cardassian and a Jem’Hadar along with many other roles. 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!
Bill will be doing a realistic Klingon makeup demonstration while at the event.
Dango Nguyen 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.
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.
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!!
John Dixon is a disabled veteran and traditional comic book inker. He was born and raised in a little town called Askin, NC but moved to Wilmington, NC in 2013. He started inking in 2011 when he saw that his military disabilities were no longer going to let him do his Engineering Technician job at Cherry Point. His father used to buy him comic books when they would go shrimping on weekends growing up and that’s where he gained his love of sequential art. So when he was trying to decide what hobby that he would like to do he decided that he would like to ink comic books and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather who used to be a pen and ink artist. He has inked comic books so far for different companies and is always looking for new projects.
His past projects include:
Good Medal Award from MWSA for Children’s Book “Mommy, What Is A POW/MIA?”
World War II – Red Leaf Comics
Sadistic #1, #2 – Insane Comics (#3 is in progress)
We Scream – Insane Comics
Insane Asylum – Insane Comics
The Angel Wars – UWS Comics
ROGUE – Insane Comics
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