Cast and Crew
Jon Voight—Pope John Paul II
Born in Yonkers, New York in 1938, Voight first gained widespread attention and received a Golden Globe Award for his 1969 role in the controversial movie "Midnight Cowboy," which also starred Dustin Hoffman. In 1978 he won the best actor Oscar Award for his performance in the film "Coming Home," in which he played a conflicted Vietnam veteran. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his performances in the films "Midnight Cowboy", "Runaway Train", and, most recently, "Ali," in which he played famed sports announcer Howard Cosell.
Voight has also starred in "National Treasure," "Pearl Harbor," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Mission Impossible," "Varsity Blues," "Enemy of the State," "Anaconda," "The General," "The Odessa File," "Deliverance," "The Rainmaker" and "The Champ." His television credits include the movies "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and "Uprising," and the mini-series "Jack and The Beanstalk: The Real Story" and "Return to Lonesome Dove," both on CBS. His directorial debut was the television movie "The Tin Soldier."
Cary Elwes – Karol Wojtyla
Familiar to audiences as Westley in “The Princess Bride”, Cary Elwes comes from a long line of Catholic artists and intellectuals. Born into one of the oldest recusant Roman Catholic families in England, he counts as his relatives many famous clergyman, including Abbot Columba Cary-Elwes, the founder of the Priory of Sts. Louis and Mary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Elwes' career includes such films as “Glory”, “Bram Stoker's Dracula”, “Twister”, “Liar, Liar”, and “Ella Enchanted”. His television work has included the miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” and a recurring role on “The X-Files”.
One of the most versatile actors in movies today, Ben Gazzara's career on stage and in film has been going strong for over fifty years. Catholic audiences will recognize him from the 1988 film “Don Bosco” in which he portrayed the famous Italian saint.
From humble origins as the son of a Sicilian immigrant laborer, Gazzara soon attracted attention after his first few stage roles, which lead to TV work and then film. His movies include “Anatomy of a Murder”, “The Bridge at Remagen”, “The Spanish Prisoner.”
Christopher Lee - Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski
With his unforgettable voice and tall, menacing physique, Christopher Lee is one of the most popular actors of all time. In his almost 230 film roles, nearly all have been as villains, though he was called “a sweetheart” by the Washington Post describing his role as Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski in “Pope John Paul II.” He is also a great fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, and during the filming of the recent film trilogy he spent time visiting the production department to give tips on how to keep the movies accurate to the books.
Lee's films include “Dracula”, “The Mummy”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”, and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
James Cromwell - Cardinal Adam Sapieha
Veteran actor James Cromwell won popular acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the taciturn Farmer Hoggett in “Babe”. Accomplished in both comedy and drama, Cromwell first gained notice in the 1970's for a recurring role on the hit show “All In the Family”, and has gone on to play many other varied roles on television and the big screen.
Cromwell's films include “Murder by Death”, “Revenge of the Nerds”, “Star Trek: First Contact”, “The Green Mile”, and the upcoming “Spiderman 3”
John Kent Harrison – Writer and Director
John Kent Harrison attended Loyola College in Montreal, Canada, where a Jesuit priest convinced him to start studying Italian cinema. Inspired, he went on to pursue filmmaking as a career. As writer and director, he has created many memorable TV movies.
His films include “The Sound and the Silence”, “What the Deaf Man Heard”, “Helen of Troy”, “A Wrinkle in Time”, and “The Water is Wide”.
Marco Frisina – Composer
For the past twenty years Father Marco Frisina has been the chapel master a t the Musical Lateran Chapel in Rome. An accomplished composer as well as conductor, he has scored such films as “The Apocalypse”, “Saint Anthony”, and the Turner “Bible” series. He also coordinated events and music for the Great Jubilee celebrations of 2000 in Rome, and has written and performed music for both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.