Bobby Figaro (Mike at age 60) - Bobby was born In Long Branch, New Jersey and raised in Rumson. He began acting at Rumson H.S. (Class of 1959) playing the part of Officer Krupke in West Side Story. In 1975 he moved to Hollywood where he studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Hollywood with Pat Randall. He performed in theater as Mickey in the classic Odets’ play Golden Boy, as the Street Vendor in Maxwell Anderson‘s Winterset and finally in the lead role of Musky in the original comedy Greenwich Sewer. He appeared in the hit TV show Hill Street Blues and in the independent films American Born, and Killers Edge. Bobby has recently been cast in a featured role in a new comedy feature Dr. Grave from Gigapix Studios. Bobby studied stand-up comedy with Stanley Myron Handleman and was a member of the Flying Handlemans. Bobby says that being cast as Mike in STILL THE DRUMS is my greatest acting experience.
Talbot Perry Simons (Tom at age 60) - Talbot was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, U.S.A. In 1972 he began studying acting at Orange Coast Junior College in Costa Mesa, California. His first character was Ernie, in the play “The Connection” by Jack Gelber. He later played Riff in the musical “West Side Story” and in 1975 he played five characters in the play “Lenny” and won the “Irene Ryan Award” as "Best Actor" in the American College Theatre Festival and was awarded a scholarship. At OCC Talbot studied with John Ferzacca and William Purkiss and then with Pat Randall at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Hollywood, and then with Vera Vlasova, from the Moscow Art Theatre. At Talbot's first Hollywood theater audition, director, Phil Lipman went up on the stage and hugged Talbot and said "You got the part!" Talbot has performed in over 30 plays and about a dozen films in which he's played everything from characters to co-leading roles. Dominic the dummy in “Dumb Luck In Las Vegas”, Uncle Mike, (mob boss) in Dominic Paris’ “The Sleepless”. Talbot has consistently received rave reviews for both comedy and drama and he's been awarded for his work six times. He's been writing plays and screenplays, directing plays, performing on stage, TV, and in films for over 35 years and wishes that he had started when he was younger.
Richard Fulvio (Al at age 60) - After attending Loyola University, Los Angeles, Richard entered the Biz by enrolling in acting class at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Hollywood, California. There he studied under one of Mr. Strasberg’s protégés Pat Randall. Upon moving to New York City he continued his studies under acting teachers Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen. While in New York he appeared in the theatrical production of When the Young Wine Blooms with Academy Award winner Celeste Holm and the theatrical production of Arrival and Departure written and directed by Academy Award winning screenwriter Horten Foote. He was owner/operator of The Venture Theatre in Burbank, CA where he produced Pepper Street by Gene Bua & Toni Bull Bua and Oasis in Manhattan by S.K. Hershewe, starring Golden Globe winner Vic Tayback. This is Richard’s first feature.
Aaron Houle (Jackie at age 20) - Born and raised in the small central New York town of Canandaigua, Aaron spent much of his time in high school studying theater. His studies continued at St. John Fisher College, where he double majored in English and Communications with a concentration in writing. He had lead roles in college and local theaters, starring in such productions as Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, You Can’t Take it With You, and An Evening of Culture. Aaron met several film students at the neighboring Rochester Institute of Technology, and subsequently starred in over a dozen student films. It was his passion for not only acting but the filmmaking process that prompted his move to Los Angeles in mid 2006. Aaron’s next project, Volcano Smoke Production’s feature film Epoh. Aaron is also a professional photographer. Vist his website by clickin LINK below.
Wesley Edberg (Tom at age 20) - Wesley was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Orange County. At nine years of age he performed as a magician in small shows for his elementary school. At the age of twelve he was accepted into the Jr. Program sponsored by the Magic Castle and received the coveted Achievement award given to its top performers. Wesley attended college at UC Davis and graduated with a degree in neurophysiobiology and a minor in theatre arts. While there he was in numerous plays including Romeo and Juliet. Hours after graduating he packed up and headed to LA where he has been in plays such as Merry Age and If TV Could Be Your Life. He has also been seen in a few short films, network promos, and a few commercials as well. He is in the process of writing and starring in his own sitcom The Bottom of the Hill. This is Wesley’s first feature.
Jason Shepard (Al at age 20) - Jason grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan where he studied drama in high school. Jason continued his acting training and did school plays at Washtenaw College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He continued his education at Eastern Michigan University and studied public relations. Jason then moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He trained with The Groundlings, Improv Olympics and worked with The Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble. He starred in two Ensemble productions, the world premiere of Rose Martula's Ran Wild as Marty and the Los Angeles premiere of Neil Labute's The Distance From Here as Boy. Television credits include HBO'S Entourage, TLC'S Untold Stories of the ER and MTV'S Punk'd. Film credits include a supporting role in Junction as The Danimal and She Wore A Yellow Scrunchy as Duke. Al in STILL THE DRUMS is his favorite credit to date. www.jasonshepard.com
Brett Lee Alexander (Jackie at age 10) - Born in Jacksonville, FL in October 1995, Brett started his acting training at the age of eight while living outside of Memphis, TN. The son of an active duty United States Navy officer, he and his family moved throughout the South prior to re-locating to the Los Angeles area in August of 2006. Brett has worked on several projects with up and coming film directors attending USC, UCLA and Cal-State Northridge film schools. Recently, he was cast as the child version of the lead character in the feature film-directing debut of Jada Pinkett Smith titled The Human Contract. X to Y, Callous, Young Again and Prism are other films that Brett has recently appeared in. Brett thanks his family and friends for their loving support as he pursues his dream of becoming an actor. Brett is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.
Keegan Michael (Mike at age 10) - Keegan was born in a small town in south central Texas. At nine years old he attended his first drama camp and was encouraged by his teacher because of his natural talent. Keegan took her advice and he and his family decided to move to California to pursue his acting career. During his time in California he has worked in several student films including an AFI short film and the lead role in a Chapman University thesis film, which has gone to several film festivals. Other projects include a children’s educational video, industrial commercials, and fit modeling. Back in Texas he was invited to be a part of the junior high school's play Beauty and the Beast and recently appeared as Billy in the stage production of On Golden Pond.
Jacob Ochsner (Tom at age 10) - Jacob has been acting since he was five years old, but just recently relocated to California at the request of his representation. He has had both supporting and lead roles in theater companies in Washington, Florida and California. Jacob is an experienced voice over artist and has also done commercial work. Since arriving in California just over a year ago, Jacob has starred in many short films. Jacob receives high accolades from every professional he has worked with in the industry. He was recognized formally early in his career for his acting ability; receiving the International Modeling and Talent Association “Actor of the Year Award” in 2003. He was very excited about his first feature film role; playing young Tom in STILL THE DRUMS.
Adam Kolkin (Al at age 10) was born in 1997, and raised in Orange County California. His interest in acting began at the age of 8. Although not convinced of his passion, a year of persistence wore his parents down and he started working as background talent in early 2007. In just 2 ½ months, he had worked on three movies and three television shows and Adam was hooked! In June of 2007, representation was sought and he was immediately signed by Heather Baldwin, owner of Youth Talent Connection. On his very first audition, he landed the role of Young Al in the feature film, Still the Drums. Since then, he has had numerous principal roles in national commercials and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Adam continues his acting studies, is a Boy Scout working his way towards Eagle Scout, an honors student, and a jazz trumpeter.
The Military Funeral
Matt Jackson as the Bugler
As an Honor Guard Flag Folder
Michael Furey - Marine Honor Guard Leader
Wes Kenney and Barbara Bollinger as Jacky's parents
The Dedication At the Site In Vietnam
Where Jacky's Remains Were Found
Alex Bollinger as the General and Hondo Cabral as Gunny
From Left to Right: Grace Yang, Yvonne Lu, Btittany Sullivan, John Jay Sullivan, IV, DMD, Robert Radabaugh, Shun Lee, Sterling Hiroshi Greene, Alex Bollinger, and Hondo Cabral
play military and government dignitaries and mourners.
Laura Lee Carlson as Linh's Mother
as the Senator's Aide
Jamie Araki (Linh) was born in Los Angeles, California. She first discovered the thrill of performing before an audience when she appeared in her first dance recital at age 3. Since that time, Jamie has continued her dance career, joining a junior dance team for 3 years before moving to a new dance group this past year. But dancing was not enough, she needed new challenges and opportunities to perform. She decided she wanted to act. After taking a few commercial, theatrical and improv classes, she found an agent and landed 2 student films and a music video. Still the Drums was Jamie's first full length film and she is grateful to the producers and director for the opportunity to appear as the young Linh. She had a blast filming and loved stomping around in the dust in her slippers. Her other projects include two national commercials, and a role in another independent film. She continues to dance, audition and take acting classes, and is trying figure out how to squeeze singing lessons into her schedule to give her one more performance skill.