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Jimmy (RIVER PHOENIX, left) offers to fix up his rich pal Fred (MATTHEW PERRY, right) with Elaine (ANASTASIA FIELDING), for a price, in "A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF JIMMY REARDON," a rambunctious comedy from Island Pictures, written and directed by William Richert.
"I always get cast as a jock, but in 'Jimmy Reardon' at least I'm not dumb," notes 22-year old JASON COURT wryly.
A nationally-ranked high jumper who attended the University of Houston on an athletic scholarship, Jason alternated between movie roles and sports while earning his degree. He appeared in "On the Right Track," "Up the Creek" with Tim Matheson and "Grandview U.S.A." He also had small parts in "Risky Business" and "Bad Boys."
In between acting stints, he worked under famed coach Tom Tellez at the University of Houston. Moving up in the national rankings, he was able to combine acting and sports when playwright Edward Albee came to the University on a residency grant, and to stage a new play, "Love, Pain and Other Bedtime Stories," in which Jason appeared.
He has spent time in Chicago, working with the Second City Troupe; he has guest-starred on television series such as "Two Marriages," done commercials and "whatever else I can get my hands on. I'm in pursuit of an acting career, but not blindly," he says, adding that after attending more than a dozen secondary schools while he was growing up, show business is probably just "another stop in my resume of places to go."
On her own since the age of seventeen, when she went to Tokyo to begin a modeling career, ANASTASIA FIELDING was born in Los Angeles five days after her Russian mother arrived to join her American husband.
As a model, she traversed the U.S.A. on assignments and lived for a time in Paris before quitting in 1985 to study acting. Now 22, she previously appeared in the Lorimar-Telepictures series "One Big Family" opposite Danny Thomas, prior to her role as a beatnik in "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" -- her first film.
Something of a bohemian herself, Anastasia lives in Venice, where she reads and writes poetry and creates sculpture.
"It was very fun to work with Uncle Bill," says eleven-year-old KAMIE HARPER, niece of director William Richert. A student at Pinecrest Junior High in Van Nuys, Kamie has studied dance, gymnastics and piano -- but now intends to concentrate on her budding career.
She made her debut in "Breaking II: Electric Bugaloo" and has also been in a play called "Pismo Beach," a music video and "Winter," a Popples television special, and has appeared in commercials as well.
A resident of Oak Park, Illinois, twelve-year-old JOHNNY GALECKI has appeared in an astonishing range of productions in and around Chicago. These include "Galileo," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Pippin" and "Member of the Wedding."
His first film was "Never Say Yes to a Stranger." He has just completed a television pilot, "Kowalski Loves Ya."