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Annie Pope (CHRISTINE LAHTI, center) attempts to enroll her sons, Harry (JONAS ABRY, left) and Danny (RIVER PHOENIX), in a new school in Warner Bros.' contemporary drama "Running on Empty."
JONAS ABRY (Harry Pope) was born in New York City in 1975 and has been acting since he was three-and-a-half years old, when he first appeared in school productions of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Peter Pan." "Running on Empty" is his first feature film role.
Having originated the role of Winston in the off-Broadway production of "Coastal Disturbances" at the Second Stage and eventually on Broadway when the show moved to the Circle in the Square, Abry received unanimous rave reviews for his performance.
Abry has been seen in numerous television commercials and has also completed two years of studying with child drama coach Flo Greenburg. He currently lives in upstate New York with his family and is a full-time student at the Fox Lane Middle School in Mt. Kisco, New York. Abry will next be seen in James Ivory's "Slaves of New York," based on the best-selling novel by Tama Janowitz.
L.M. KIT CARSON (Gus), himself a political activist during the 1960s, is perhaps best known today as a screenwriter. His credits include "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part 2," on which he was also associate producer, "Breathless" and "Paris, Texas," which starred his son, Hunter Carson.
Carson, however, began his career as an actor. He appeared on stage at the Dallas Theater Center, at the American Place Theater in New York and off-Broadway in "The Square Root of Zero."
His film credits include "David Holzman's Diary" and the upcoming "The Off Season."
STEVEN HILL's (Mr. Patterson) varied career includes film, television and theatre. Hill came to New York from Seattle in the early '50s. His stage roles include the original production of "Mr. Roberts," directed by Joshua Logan, Clifford Odet's "The Country Girl," "The Lady From the Sea" and "A Far Country," in which he played Sigmund Freud.
Hill also worked on many of television's best dramatic shows during "the golden age." For his performance in "Man on a Mountaintop," directed by Arthur Penn, Hill received the industry's coveted Sylvania Award for Best Actor. He was the original lead in the first season of "Mission: Impossible" during the 1966-67 TV season. Recently, Hill was nominated for an Emmy for his guest appearance on the ABC-TV series "thirtysomething."
His film roles include "Eyewitness," "Rich and Famous," "It's My Turn," "Teachers," Sidney Lumet's "Garbo Talks," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Raw Deal," "Yentl," "Legal Eagles" and "Heartburn." Hill recently completed filming "The Boost" with James Woods, which will be released this winter.