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Brother From Another Planet

Eight Men Out

Matewan

Timothy Busfield

Field of Dreams

Harold Pinter

Return of the Secaucus Seven

Eddie Cicotte

City of Hope

A Lie of the Mind

The Birthday Party

Moss Goodman

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Day One

The James Brady Story

Stepkids

Memphis Belle

Silkwood

At Close Range

Dominick and Eugene

A League of Their Own

Kevin Costner

Michigan

Revenge of the Nerds

Tom Hulce

A Few Good Men

Aaron Sorkin

Pernell Robert
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Page Ten


Whistler (DAVID STRATHAIRN, left) is an audio wizard whose blindness has blessed him with a genius for sound, while Carl (RIVER PHOENIX) once broke into the school's computer to change his grades...and gave himself a scholarship.

"Don't look...listen."

WHISTLER

DAVID STRATHAIRN as Whistler shows his fellow Sneakers that a blind man perceives the world in very different ways than his sighted colleagues.

Strathairn made his motion picture debut in John Sayles's "Return of the Secaucus Seven," and has gone on to become a member of Sayles's unofficial repertory company of actors. He has co-starred in a total of five of Sayle's films including "Matewan" (the heroic sheriff of a mining town), "Eight Men Out" (weak-willed pitcher Eddie Cicotte), "Brother From Another Planet" (the man in black), and "City of Hope" (a homeless man babbling advertising slogans).

A native Californian, Strathairn attended two colleges: Williams College in Massachusetts and Ringling Brothers Clown College. He began acting while in school and moved to New York where he earned roles in such off-Broadway productions as Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind" and Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party."

In addition to his TV role as repressed bookstore owner Moss Goodman in "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," he starred as J. Robert Oppenheimer in the TV movie "Day One," and portrayed a brain surgeon in the cable movie "The James Brady Story." He co-stars in Sayles's upcoming film "The Louisiana Project" with "Sneakers" co-star Mary McDonnell.

His addition film credits include "Stepkids," "Memphis Belle," "Silkwood," "At Close Range," "Dominick and Eugene" and this summer's hit comedy, "A League Of Their Own."

 

"We're the good guys, Marty."

GORDON

TIMOTHY BUSFIELD makes his second appearance in a Phil Robinson film, having co-starred in "Field of Dreams" as Kevin Costner's impatient brother-in-law. In "Sneakers," he has become involved in a dangerous computer crime.

Best known for his co-starring role as Elliot in the popular TV series "thirtysomething," Busfield also directed numerous episodes of the show. Away from the cameras, he is actively involved with a children's theater company that is based in Sacramento, but tours extensively throughout California.

Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, Busfield had planned to pursue the career of a high school gym teacher, but when he separated his shoulder at East Tennessee State, his thoughts turned to drama.

In 1979, Busfield left school to act full time, spending summers at a children's theater in Vermont. By 1983, he was working in New York City but moved to Los Angeles where he landed some TV work and played a preppie in "Revenge of the Nerds." He was soon a regular on "Trapper John, M.D." as Pernell Robert's son.

In 1990, Busfield earned rave reviews when he replaced Tom Hulce in the Broadway play "A Few Good Men," written by Aaron Sorkin.


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