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Actor Sam J. Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois but grew up in Sacramento, California. He was educated at Mira Loma High School in Sacramento and went on to serve as a United States Marine. Jones made his screen debut in Blake Edwards' comedy film 10 (1979). In 1980, he was cast in the iconic role of Flash Gordon in the cult classic of the same name, Flash Gordon (1980). A solid acting career in mostly television roles followed. Jones came back to moviegoers attention, making a cameo as a version of himself in the comedy film Ted (2012).
Sam made his first film appearance in the 1979 romantic comedy film 10. His appearance in 10 allowed him to beat Kurt Russell and Arnold Schwarzenegger for his most famous role, that of Flash Gordon in the 1980 film of the same name. Jones dyed his hair blonde for this role. The film was moderately successful at the box office grossing $27.1M in North America, and $22m in the UK - double its $20M budget.
He went on to play Chris Rorchek in the TV series Code Red (1981–1982). He had guest roles in other TV shows including The A-Team, Hunter, and Riptide. In 1987, he played the lead role in a TV adaptation of Will Eisner's comics character The Spirit. He also played the title character in the short-lived NBC sci-fi series The Highwayman. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he portrayed Johnny Valentine on the HBO series 1st & Ten.
Jones starred in the 1986 theatrical release My Chauffeur and the straight-to-video movies Jungle Heat (1985), Jane and the Lost City (1987), Under the Gun (1988), Silent Assassins (1988), Whiteforce (1988), Driving Force (1989), and One Man Force (1989). In the 1990s, Jones had roles in films including In Gold We Trust (1990), Maximum Force (1992), Fist of Honor (1993), Hard Vice (1994), Enter the Shootfighter (1995), Texas Payback (1995), The Killer Inside (1996), Earth Minus Zero (1996), Baja Run (1996) and American Tigers (1996), and guest roles in the TV shows Baywatch, Diagnosis Murder and Walker: Texas Ranger.
In 2001, Jones was cast in Animal Planet's family series Hollywood Safari as a park ranger. He appeared in "Deadman Switch", an episode of the television series Stargate SG-1. In 2007, he played the prisoner Krebb in the Sci Fi Channel original television series Flash Gordon. He also had extended cameos (as himself, with his blond Flash Gordon hairstyle) in both the 2012 comedy film Ted and its 2015 sequel, Ted 2.
When not in front of a camera, Sam keeps himself employed as a security professional and consultant, working for a prestigious risk management company protecting VIP’s traveling to high-risk environments throughout the world. This allows him to pick and choose between movies and security operations leaving him with a win-win situation.
As a Goodwill Ambassador, Sam travels extensively throughout Asia, Europe and America, attending speaking engagements; personal appearances; media talk shows and charity fundraisers. Sam is uniquely transparent and very approachable while sharing his personal experiences, encouraging others that they are no longer victims, then passionately illustrating how to rise above any and all of life’s obstacles.
Sam is a former United States Marine and recipient of numerous Entertainment; Civic and Humanitarian Awards, including Citizen of The Year, presented by California State Senate; County of Los Angeles; City of Los Angeles; and North Hollywood Police Department, as well as The Outstanding Achievement Award in The Entertainment Industry, presented by The Southern California Motion Picture Council.
Claudia Gray is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of YA paranormal series (Evernight, Spellcaster, Firebird) as well as the author of two Star Wars books for Disney/Lucasfilm. She writes novels full-time, and hopes to do this forever. Her home is in New Orleans is over a hundred years old and is painted purple. In her free time she reads, travels, hikes, cooks and listens to music.
Claudia wrote the young adult novel Lost Stars, which is part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens multimedia initiative and was released on September 4, 2015. The title depicts events throughout the Galactic Civil War from the points of view of Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell. Gray also wrote the novel Bloodline, published on May 3, 2016.
It was announced at Celebration Orlando that Gray would write Disney–Lucasfilm Press' young adult novel Leia, Princess of Alderaan. The title was published on September 1, 2017.
Some of Gray's other titles include the book series Evernight, Spellcaster, and Firebird.
Gray's novel, Evernight, was published in May 2008 by HarperCollins. Gray's lifelong interests in old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history all played a part in creating the novel.
The second book in the Evernight series, Stargazer, was published in March 2009, and was ranked No. 4 in the chapter book category of The New York Times list of bestselling children's books in April 2009. Subsequent novels in the series include Hourglass and Afterlife, which were published in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and the spinoff Balthazar, which was published in 2012.
Robert "RJ" Haddy is a special effects artist and airbrush dealer. He is best known as a contestant on season 2 of Syfy's reality television game show, Face Off in which he was a finalist and fan favorite for the season.
Haddy is a native of Charleston, West Virginia, and is a graduate of Capital High School. While at the Joe Blasco Make-Up Center, Haddy worked for Alterian Studios under Tony Gardner, which allowed him to work on films such as Batman & Robin, There's Something About Mary and Contact. Haddy later returned to Charleston to Capital High School, where he taught television production, writing and performance for the camera, special effects, web and app design, and filmmaking. He also wrote and designed the curriculum.
After the first season of Syfy's reality television game show Face Off, Haddy auditioned for season 2 at San Diego Comic-Con International in 2011. Winning the final spot on the show after competing against two other potential contestants, he finished as one of runners-up. Soon afterward, Haddy left teaching to work full-time as a special-effects artist while running an e-commerce site selling airbrush equipment, including his own Shadow line of brushes.
Haddy returned for Face Off season 5 as one of eight veterans competing against eight rookies. He was eliminated in episode 5 where the contestants had to create a Mother-Nature inspired goddess with attributes of their own mothers.
Rj is a Consummate Artist and not only is a creator of the arts but an avid consumer of them as well. He hopes that his turn on Face OFF will lead to Bigger and better opportunities as that consummate artist wether it be Acting, Directing, Designing, or Creating, Art is ALWAYS at the very core of all of it, and that is EXACTLY where Rj wants to BE!