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.
Paul Amos is an actor from Wales, UK. He has worked with several prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Paul is best known for his beloved anti-hero role as Vex, in the hit series, Lost Girl. He is also the voice for Jacob Frye in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate plus so much more!
Toronto-based Jeff Teravainen was born and raised in a small Canadian town. After years of being the lead singer/bassist in The Life, an award-winning band, he got the acting bug. He began slowly building his career on camera while his voice career exploded. In 2006, he was the Voice of the Olympics for Canada; a role he would reprise in 2014. He has also played characters in popular animation and video games such as Far Cry 2, Splinter Cell, Resident Evil, Beyblade, Bakugan and Magination. After a year long hiatus from on camera when he was the voice of Canadian Broadcaster, CBC, and FIFA’s World Cup, he came back with a vengeance with roles on Beauty and the Beast, Played, Suits and others. In 2015, he nabbed the role of Lieutenant Anders on SYFY’s hit “Dark Matter”. Then another recurring role on SYFY’s 12 Monkeys along with other movies, shows and video games. Jeff won the Jim Russell Racing School Scholarship in 1996. Though his favorite sport is MotoGP, you can usually find him on weekends at the cottage, or digging for fossils. He is a massive fan of paleontology, science and history.
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 started out of high school being a professional wrestler. He trained alongside childhood friend and future WWE hall of famer Rob Van Dam as well as Sabu. Giving up wrestling to raise a family Dango got back in the entertainment business earning background parts in several movies and television series. He finally landed a recurring role on AMC’s The Walking Dead. He served as a Woodbury Guard for most of season #3 under the villain, The Governor. He unfortunately met his end at the hands of Merle Dixon and a mob of walkers. After TWD, Dango moved on to another supernatural show, The Originals. He played a Daywalker, part of Marcel’s inner Circle in season #1. You will be able to catch him in a flashback in season #4. Dango has continued his diversity since leaving The Originals, appearing on “The Red Road” and “Banshee” and most recently the History Channel’s docudrama “Search of the Seven, Roanoke II” as well as on the new season of “Snapped: Killer Couples”. Dango has several other projects in production and looks forward to any new opportunities that present themselves.
Eric Wile is a credited video game designer. He has done level design, story boarding, concept design, game engine design etc. He currently resides in Colorful Colorado.
His passion for gaming started when he was young. He started playing the Atari when he was young and was so good that he collected a wide scale of badges and letters from the game companies. He even got mentioned as one of the top 25 players in the nation when he was only 8. During this time he started to develop a reputation at the arcades in Colorado as the player to beat. He broke many long held records for the Atari as well.
In 2002 Eric moved to San Diego for the chance of a life time. He accepted an offer from Verant Interactive. Verant later bought by Sony and the name was changed to Sony Online Entertainment. They started producing and developing MMO’s and ironically at the time this was Sony’s most profitable division. During his time at Sony Online Entertainment, Eric had a major hand in the development of several extremely popular titles such as EverQuest, EverQuest II, EverQuest Online Adventures, PlanetSide, Star Wars: Galaxies and Vanguard Saga of Heroes.
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
For more information about John, you can check him out here:
Howling S.H.I.E.L.D. Car
Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club – Talon Clan
The Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club is a world-wide fan organization, officially recognized by Lucasfilm Ltd., that began as the brainchild of Tom Hutchens in March of 2007 to create a costume group based on the Mandalorian culture.
From humble beginnings the club has grown to a global force, with over 1,500 members in 74 clans, strongholds and squads in more than 20 countries, a global club that entertains Star Wars fans, promotes the creation of costumes, and raises money for charities world-wide. Talon Clan is the local NC & SC chapter of MMCC
Donnie Osborne is a cosplayer and Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator. He has been entertaining folks as Captain Jack for more than 10 years. He has made a guest appearance at The Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World as Captain Jack, met several of the Pirates of the Caribbean cast members, including Johnny Depp himself. He has worked with the State Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the Brandywine Zoo in Delaware and helped raise money for many charity events in and around North Carolina.
Before getting in to cosplay Donnie was in the Air Force and later in Law Enforcement. Being a disabled veteran, he turned to cosplay and his art as a way to spend so much free time. He enjoys impersonating Captain Jack and is grateful for the opportunity to put smiles on the faces of kids and adults alike. It’s a pirates life for him!