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Jimmy Reardon's not-so-coy mistress, Denise (IONE SKYE, background left), with her official boyfriend, Fred (MATTHEW L. PERRY), and the group gadfly, Suzie (LOUANNE, foreground), in "A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF JIMMY REARDON," a rambunctious comedy from Island Pictures, written and directed by William Richert.
Even young men are "discovered" by the movies, as MATTHEW L. PERRY, eighteen, can attest. "I was sitting with friends in a Ventura Boulevard cafe when the waitress passed me a note. It said, 'I want you to read for a role in a movie I'm directing.' I was skeptical, but I called the number, got the script, read a few times -- and got the part."
Though "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" is his first film, Matthew has been working steadily since playing Jimmy's sober best friend Fred Roberts. He can currently be seen in the role of Chazz Russell in the Fox Broadcasting Company comedy "Second Chance" (aka "Boys Will Be Boys"). He has completed a CBS pilot, "Morning Maggie" with Ellen Greene, and made guest appearances on the television series "Silver Spoons," "Charles In Charge," "240 Robert" and the Emmy-winning "The Tracey Ullman Show."
Matthew rounds out his work with stage experience, from doing stand-up comedy at The L.A. Connection to various stage productions of "Our Town," "The Sound of Music," "The Miracle Worker" and "Lord of the Flies."
Born in Massachusetts, Matthew moved to Canada at the age of six months. He lived in Ottowa, Montreal and Toronto before coming to Los Angeles three years ago to live with his father.
While Matthew is busy these days, he hopes to continue his education. He has chosen acting as his career, but says laughingly, "It could go either way. In five years I could end up selling Amway!"
A professional since the age of seven, when she was a winner on "The Gong Show," LOUANNE went on to star as Annie in the stage musical of the same title at both the Pantages and Shubert Theatres in Los Angeles.
After making her film debut in "Oh God, Book II" opposite George Burns, she went under contract to ABC, where she appeared in "Mean Jeans" and in numerous sitcoms and television films. After a brief hiatus in "Annie," she was again beckoned by ABC to appear in its series "Two Marriages."
By now fourteen, Louanne "retired" from show business for two years, returning to appear in "True Confessions" and "Bronx Zoo." Her portrayal of the acid-tongued beauty who becomes guardian angel to Jimmy Reardon is her second film role.
Louanne has received numerous awards, including ones from the DramaLogue Critics, the Film Advisory Board and the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films. An "A" student with college on her horizon, she has her own apartment in Burbank.
IONE SKYE, whose first name means "purple jewel" in Greek and who takes her last name from the Scottish Isle of Skye, was born in London in 1970. She lived in Connecticut and Topanga Canyon before moving to Hollywood at the age of seven. She has an older brother, Donovan, who is also an actor.
Ione made just one film, Tim Hunter's controversial "River's Edge," prior to being cast as one of Jimmy Reardon's conquests. "Both of the characters I played felt very real, and their problems were so universal that I didn't feel the need to think about their time period," she comments.
In addition to acting, she is also drawn to writing. "I keep a journal," she says, "and I've written poems and short stories." She is collaborating on a screenplay with "Jimmy Reardon" writer-director William Richert. "We meet and talk, and he writes," is her description of the process.
She has completed her third film, "Stranded," in which she plays a girl who befriends extraterrestrials and tries to protect them from the hostile community -- Maureen O'Sullivan plays her grandmother. The ABC mini-series "Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story," starring Armand Assante and Jacqueline Bisset, cast Ione as Napoleon's youngest and favorite sister Pauline.
Later this year, Ione will star in her next feature, "Say Anything," a James L. Brooks production for Twentieth Century Fox.