K-19: The Widowmaker : About The Cast

HARRISON FORD (Captain Alexei Vostrikov) has established himself as the cinema's quintessential American hero. "K-19: The Widowmaker" is his 36th motion picture in a remarkable career that has spotlighted him in seven of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

Making his film debut in 1966 with a brief appearance as a bellhop in "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round," the Chicago native moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career after attending Ripon College in Wisconsin. In 1973, he was cast in the popular "American Graffiti," followed by a key supporting role in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation" and the television production of "Judgment: The Court Martial Of Lieutenant William Calley. "

In 1977, Ford's portrayal of Han Solo in "Star Wars" instantly established him as a major movie star. Since that time, his work has ranged from the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" trilogies to such films as "Hanover Street," "The Frisco Kid" and "Apocalypse Now," as well as "Witness," for which he received Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations.

A prolific actor with an eclectic film career, Ford has received numerous other accolades, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2002 Golden Globes, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, as well as Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in "The fugitive," "Sabrina" and "The Mosquito Coast. " At the end of the 20th century, he won the People's Choice Award as Favorite All-Time Movie Star, while People Magazine named him "The Sexiest Man Alive. " Characterized by a leading critic as "always watchable," Harrison Ford was honored by The National Association of Theatre Owners as Star of the Century.

Scheduled to star in the fourth "Indiana Jones" film, Ford's impressive past filmography includes working with major directors in such films as Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner," Roman Polanski's "Frantic," Mike Nichols' "Working Girl" and "Regarding Henry," Alan J. Pakula's "Presumed Innocent" and "The Devil's Own," Phillip Noyce's "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," Wolfgang Petersen's "Air Force One," Ivan Reitman's "Six Days Seven Nights" and Sydney Pollack's "Random Hearts. "

Strongly committed to environmental concerns, Ford is actively involved in a number of conservation groups. He lives in Jackson, Wyoming, where he donated 389 acres of his property for a conservation easement to the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

Academy Awardâ-nominee LIAM NEESON (Captain Mikhail Polenin), made his feature film debut in 1980 in Martin Boorman's Arthurian legend "Excalibur. " Since then, he has appeared in more than 30 films, including the box-office phenomenon, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables," Dino De Laurentis' epic remake of "The Bounty," the critically acclaimed "Lamb," Andrei Konchalovsky's "Duet for One," "A Prayer for the Dying," "The Mission," "Suspect," "The Good Mother," Sam Raimi's fantasy-thriller "Darkman," David Leland's gritty contemporary drama "Crossing the Line," the erotic thriller "Under Suspicion," Woody Allen's controversial "Husbands and Wives," Michael Canton-Jones' "Rob Roy," Neil Jordan's "Michael Collins," for which he garnered a Golden Globe nomination and the Venice Film Festival, Best Actor Award, and Steven Spielberg's highly acclaimed "Schindler's List," for which he was nominated for an Oscarâ, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.

Originally seeking a career in teaching, the Irish-born Neeson attended Queens University in Belfast. In 1976 he joined the Lyric Players Theater and made his stage debut in Joseph Plunkett's "The Risen People. " He later joined Ireland's prestigious Abbey Theatre. He made his Broadway debut in 1993, in the Roundabout Theater's revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie," for which he garnered a Tony Award nomination. In 1998 starred on Broadway again as Oscar Wilde in David Hare's "The Judas Kiss," and in March of 2002, he began a run on Broadway in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" at The Virginia Theater. When that play goes dark, Neeson has signed on to star in the yet untitled prequel to "The Exorcist," for director John Frankenheimer.

PETER SARSGAARD (Reactor Officer Vadim Radtchenko) initially gained notice for his role in "The Man in the Iron Mask" opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and John Malkovich. His early film credits include "Dead Man Walking," "Desert Blue," "Another Day in Paradise" and the Showtime television presentation of "Freak City. "

In "Boys Don't Cry," Sarsgaard received critical acclaim for his portrayal of John Lotter, man who befriends then kills Brandon Teena portrayed by Oscar®-winner Hilary Swank. He was recently seen in Wayne Wang's "The Center of the World," and in April 2002 he appeared opposite Val Kilmer in "The Salton Sea. "
Sarsgaard attended the Actors' Studio Program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, after which he was cast in Horton Foote's "Laura Dennis" at the Signature Theatre Company off-Broadway. A member of Douglas Carter Beane's New York-based theatre company, The Drama Department, he appeared in its production of "Kingdom Of Earth. "

CHRISTIAN CAMARGO (Pavel Loktev) has a growing list of credits which includes William Jennings' "Harlem Aria" with Damon Wayans, "Plunkett and Maclean," "Double Bang" and "Lip Service," as well as a television pilot entitled "Elementary. " He has also appeared in numerous stage productions in New York City, including a Broadway production of "Skylight," directed by Richard Eyre, as well as The Public Theatre's productions of "Kit Marlowe" and "Hamlet. " An Inaugural Company member of Shakespeare's Globe in London, where he appeared in "Henry V" and "Chaste Maid in Cheapside," Camargo has regional theatre credits as well. They include "Poison Tree" for The Mark Taper Forum, "Camino Real" for Williamstown, "Design for Living" for The Goodman Theatre, "Timon of Athens" for the New York Shakespeare Festival and "The Illusion" for the Berkshire Theatre Festival.