Roswell Cast & Producer Bios

The cast and crew bios below are from the official WB press release, dated July 1999.

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Jason Behr - Shiri Appleby - Katherine Heigl - Brendan Fehr
Majandra Delfino - Colin Hanks - Nick Wechsler - William Sadler
Jason Katims - David Nutter - Jonathan Frakes
Kevin Kelly Brown - Lisa J. Olin

For complete & up-to-date cast & crew bios, check out IMDb

Roswell Cast

Jason Behr

Maxwell Evans

Already familiar to fans of The WB from roles on "Dawson's Creek," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "7th Heaven," Jason Behr gives a smoldering performance as the ultimate teenage outsider in "Roswell."

A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Behr got an early start in performing. He was only 5 years old when he appeared in his first play. He continued to perform and enjoy the challenges of acting throughout his school years.

Directly after graduating from high school, Behr, intent on an acting career, moved to Los Angeles. There, unlike most aspiring newcomers, he found an immediate response to his auditions, soon guest-starring on such shows as The WB's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "7th Heaven," "Profiler," "JAG" and "Push," Last season, he starred on six episodes of The WB's "Dawson's Creek."

On the big screen, Behr appeared in "Pleasantville" and starred in the independent film "Rites of Passage," co-starring Dean Stockwell, which debuted at the 1999 Palm Springs Film Festival.

Behr currently lives in Los Angeles, where he spends his spare time playing and watching sports and attending concerts.

Shiri Appleby

Liz Parker

With a captivating performance on "Roswell," Shiri Appleby is set to make a name for herself as she builds on an acting career which began at the age of 4.

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley just outside of Los Angeles, Appleby first appeared on television in numerous commercials, including those for Cheerios, Taco Bell and M&Ms.

Appleby most recently portrayed a gang member in trouble on The WB's "7th Heaven." Additional guest-staring appearances include "thirtysomething," "ER," "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Doogie Howser, M.D." She also starred in the cable television movies "Perfect Family" with Jennifer O'Neill and Bruce Boxleitner, and "Family Prayers" with Paul Reiser and Anne Archer. She also starred on Norman Lear's original series "Sunday Dinner."

On the big screen, Appleby appeared in Lawrence Kadsan's black comedy "I Love You to Death" with Kevin Kline, River Phoenix and Tracey Ullman.

Appleby attends classes at the University of Southern California where she is majoring in English.

Katherine Heigl

Isabel Evans

Though only 20 years, old, Hatherine Heigl already has amassed eight feature films to her credit and makes her television series debut with 'Roswell."

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in New Canaan, Conn., Katherine got her first taste of the camera lens at age 9 as a child model. By her 12th birthday, she had made her feature film debut in "That Night," with Juliette Lewis. At 14, she had gained substantial roles in several movies, most notably her breakout performance as a rebellious teenager determined to grow up too fast in the comdey "My Father, the Hero," alongside Gerad Depardieu.

Most recently, she starred in the theatrical release "The Bride of Chucky," the fourth installment of the cult-hit "Child's Play" series. Her other credits include a co-starring role in director Steven Soderbergh's Depression-era release titled "King og the Hill." She enjoyed her first taste of the action genre starring with Steven Segal in "Under Siege 2," as his character's niece who is kidnapped as bait when terrorists sieze the train. Additional feature credits include "Prince Valiant" and the comedy "Wish Upon a Star."

On the small screen, Heigl starred opposite Peter Fonda in the television movie "The Tempest," which re-situated the classic Shakespearean drama as a Civil-War period piece. She played the pivotal role of 16-year-old Miranda, who is torn between her devotion to her father (Fonda) and her love for a handsome young Union soldier.

Between film projects, Katherine continued to concentrate on school and always returned to life a s "normal" New England teenager between projects. Once she graduated from high school, however, she moved to Los Angeles to concentrate on her acting career full time.

Brendan Fehr

Michael Guerin

Since landing his first professional acting job less than two years ago, Brendan Fehr has emerged as one of Canada's up-and-coming young actors and makes his debut starring in a television series with "Roswell."

Growing up in the British Columbia hamlet of New Westminister, Fehr gave little thought to acting and instead spent his early years playing sports. Even now, he lists a total of nine sports - led by hockey, skiing and snowboarding - as his favorites. No slouch in the classroom either, the studious-minded Fehr was intent on becoming an accountant.

He moved to Winniped, Manitoba, and, in his teens, friends advised the handsome Fehr to try modeling, which landed him work in local sportswear catalogues. On a trip to Vancouver, B.C., in the fall of 1997 to visit his family, Fehr looked into potential modeling work near his hometown. Within a week, he was signed by his current manager and had landed a guest-starring role on the television series "Breaker High."

That role soon led to many others, mostly shot in Vancouver's burgeoning production scene. He has since guest-starred on the television series "Millennium," and starred in the television movies "Our Guys," alongside Eric Stoltz and Ally Sheedy, "Perfect Little Angles" and "Every Mother's Worst Fear."

His feature film credits include "Disturbing Behavior," directed by "Roswell" executive producer David Nutter and co-starring fellow cast member William Sadler. He also appeared in "Flight 180" opposite Devon Sawa, and starred in the independent feature "Christina's House."

He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Majandra Delfino

Maria Deluca

In just three short years, 18-year-old Majandra Delfino has taken Hollywood by storm, with a starring role in "Roswell" and no less than three upcoming movies set for release this year.

The daughter of a Venezuelan father and a Cuban-American mother, Delfina was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but moved with her family to Miama at age 3. Growing up, she excelled in academics but gravitated toward the arts, enrolling in ballet, singing and acting lessons and soon performing in school plays and community theater productions. At age 10, she danced in "The Nutcracker" with the Miami Ballet.

At age 11, Delfino joined an all-girl singing quartet named China Doll. The group, which included her best friend Samantha Gibb, daughter of the Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb, specialized in Latin-styled pop. The group opened for the Bee Gees at a benefit concert at the Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami Beach. A few years later, Delfino and Gibb left the group but continued to write and record as a duo.

At age 15, her parents, dismayed with her acting aspirations, gave her a six-month deadline to test the waters - or fully concentrate on school. Within months, she had secured an agent and won the role of Kathleen Quinlan's daughter in the family film "Zeus & Roxanne." The following summer, she landed her first television series, playing Tony Danza's eldest daughter on "The Tony Danza Show."

Adding to her big-screen credits, Delfino stars in the upcoming teen horror spoof "I Know What You Screamed Last Summer," as well as opposite Linda Hamilton in the coming-of-age drama "The Secret Lives of Girls." She will also be seen in the independent film "The Learning Curve."

Delfino just completed her senior year of high school and resides in Los Angeles.

Colin Hanks

Alex Whitman

Colin Hanks makes his professional acting debut with "Roswell."

Hanks grew up in Sacramento, and attended Loyola Marymount University, a liberal arts school in Westchester, Calif., where he began acting, appearing in school productions such as "Noises Off!"

In addition to "Roswell" Hanks has also completed production in the upcoming feature "I'll Be You," a high school version of "Cyrano de Bergerac," in which he plays a quirky character named Cosmo.

In one eventful weekend, Hanks landed the role in "I'll Be You" on Friday and started work on the film the next morning - the same day he received a call from executive producer Jason Katims, announcing that "Roswell" had been picked up by the WB.

Hanks is 21 and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Nick Wechsler

Kyle Valenti

A native of Albuquergue, New Mexico, newcomer Nick Wechsler grew up not that far from the setting of "Roswell," a show that marks his first starring role on a network series.

The fifth in a testosterone-tilted brood of eight sons, Wechsler grew up in Albuquerque, where his parents and most of his siblings still live. His father is a sheet-metal worker; his mother is a secretary for the U.S. Forest Service. He began his acting career in high school, turning in what he modestly describes as "awe-inspiring performances" in every succeeding school play.

Wechsler moved to Hollywood immediately after graduating from high school and spent the next six months trying to break into the business. He soon landed a small role as a purse-stealing punk in the TV movie "Full Circle." Shortly after, he was cast as Trek, a child prodigy conceived at a "Star Trek" convention, in the syndicated series "Team Knightrider." He has also appeared in "Silk Stalkings," "Lazarus Man" and the feature film "The Perfect Game."

He currently resides in Los Angeles.

William Sadler

Sheriff Valenti

In a 30-year acting career that spans films such as "The Shawshank Redemption" and threatrical productions such as "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway, William Sadler has played an extraordinary range of roles.

He began his acting career on the New York stage, where he appeared in some 75 productions over a 12-year period, earning him the Obie and Villager awards. His extensive stage experience culminated in his performance in the original Broadway cast of Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning show "Biloxi Blues." For his portrayal of Drill Sergeant Toomey, Sadler recieved a Drama Desk Award nomination, and the Dramalogue and Actor's Equite Award.

His varied feature film work includes the diabolical villain Colonel Stewart in "Die Hard 2," the dim-witted inmate Haywood in the critically acclaimed "The Shawshank Redemption," and the Grim Reaper in "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey." Most recently, he appeared in "Disturbing Behavior," directed by David Nutter of "Roswell" and alongside fellow cast member Brendan Fehr. Additional film credits include "Trespass," "Rocket Man," "The Hot Spot," "Hard to Kill" and Rush." He has two upcoming feature projects: "The Green Mile" starring Tom Hanks, and the HBO movie "Witness Protection" starring Forrest Whittaker and Tom Sizemore.

He has appeared in such hit TV series as "Roseanne," "Newheart," "Murphy Brown," "St. Elsewhere," "The Outer Limits," and the premiere episode of "Tales From the Crypt," for which he garnered a CableACE nomination. He has also had a recurring role on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."

Born and raised in New York, Sadler enjoyed a rural upbringing on a 13-acre farm near Buffalo. Though he currently lives in Los Angeles for the filming of "Roswell," Sadler and his wife Marni Bakst (a descendent of Leon Baskt, the Russian ballet designer who worked with Najinsky) spend as much time as possible in their antique farmhouse, built in 1790, in upstate New York.

Roswell Producers

Jason Katims

Executive Producer

Known for his intensely literate and appealing yet sophisticated scripts, Jason Katims began his career in television as a writter on the critically acclaimed drama series "My So-Called Life."

After graduating from Queens College in New York, the Brooklyn-born Katims was a struggling playwright who worked by day as a computer programmer. Seemingly from out of nowhere, he got a call from Hollywood producer Edward Zwick ("Glory," "thirtysomething"), who had seen one of Katims' plays and encouraged him to relocate to Los Angeles. Next thing he knew, Katims was soon developing scripts with Zwick for what became one of TV's most hightly praised series, "My So-Called Life."

Katims went on to contribute many episodes to that series, including "Life of Brian," which was unique in that it turned the voice of the series from Clare Danes' character to that of Brian Krakow (Devon Gummersall). The insightful episode was recently recognized in TV Guide's "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" special issue. Katims next created and served as executive producer on the highly acclaimed series "Relativity," starring Kimberly Williams and David Conrad.

Among his feature films credits, Katims co-wrote and co-produced "The Pallbearer" with "Felicity" co-creator Matt Reeves, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and David Schwimmer. He has also penned "The Vow," a feature film currently in development.

Katims cites Sam Shepard's "True West" as inspiring him to pursue his dramatic writing career. His abiding passion these days, besides "Roswell," is his wife Kathy and reading bedtime stories to the couple's 3-year-old son, Sawyer.

David Nutter

Executive Producer

David Nutter is perhaps best known as one of the chief architects of "The X-Files," having directed 15 episodes during the course of the program's breakthough first three seasons. His directional efforts on that series were recently recognized in TV Guide's "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" special issue, which named Nutter's "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" as number 10.

Nutter brings that same flair for the paranormal to "Roswell" as executive producer and director of the pilot episode. He has also helmed the pilot episodes of "Millennium," "Sleepwalkers" and "Space: Above and Beyond," as well as several episodes of "ER." In 1996, he received the Sci-Fi Reader's Choice Award for his direction of an episode of "Space: Above and Beyond."

Nutter recently directed the big screen thriller "Disturbing Behavior," starring Katie Holmes and "Roswell" cast members Brendan Fehr and WIlliam Sadler. After graduating from the University of Miami film school in 1984, he got his start in the business directing "Cease Fire," a low-budget film that starred a virtually unknown actor named Don Johnson.

Born in Vienna, W.Va., and raised in Florida, Nutter currently resides in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Frakes

Executive Producer

An accomplished actor as well as director and producer, Jonathan Frakes is best known to science-fiction fans around the world for his association with the phenomenal "Star Trek" franchise. In addition to his portrayal of Commander William Riker on the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," he brought the character to the big screen in the feature films "Star Trek: Generations," "Star Trek: Insurrection" and "Star Trek: First Contact."

Enjoying dual roles both in front of and behind the camera, Frakes also served as director on "Insurrection" and "First Contact," and has directed episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Diagnosis Murder."

As an actor, he won critical acclaim for his performances in the television miniseries "Dream West" and "North and South," and recently starred in and executive produced the television movie "Dying to Live." Throughout this career, Frakes has guest-starred on classic television shows including "Hill Street Blues," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "Quincy, M.E.," "Fantasy Island," "Falcon Crest," "The Waltons," "Eight is Enough," "Hart to Hart," "It's a Living," "Charlie's Angels," "Fall Guy," "Matlock," "Wings" and "Cybill."

In addition to acting, directing and producing, the multi-talented Frakes serves as host of Dick Clark's stranger-than-fiction syndicated television series, "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction."

Another noteworthy distinction, Frakes, a trombone player, in the featured musician on the hit album from the underground fold/rock group Phish, titled "Hoist."

As for his trombone playing, it's curently limited to gigs for his two children on Saturday mornings during the family's "performing art" sessions in their Los Angeles home. Lending an ear is Frakes' wife of 11 years, Genie Francis, who has long been known to TV viewers as Laura on "General Hospital."

Kevin Kelly Brown

Executive Producer

Like an emphatic tour je'te, the life of Kevin Kelly Brown hit a turning point at age 21. After graduating from Arizona State University, he was accepted into medical school at the University of Arizona. That summer, however, he opted to go to Beverly Hills to care for the ailing father of his godmother, the late Nora Kaye, who was the first American ballerina to be widely recoginzed as a world-class dancer.

Brown began working part-time in the mailroom at MGM and never returned to Arizona, nor to medicine. Since leaving MGM, he has worked as a journalist, story analyst, development executive, line producer, and creative and production executive for several independent film companies.

Now head of his own highly successful production company, formed in 1992, Brown shepherds the development of more than 20 projects, spanning feature films, cable and network movies and series, as well as numerous interactive and CD-ROM projects. Notably, Brown served as executive producer of "Soul of the Game," a highly acclaimed 1996 HBO movie based on the Negro Baseball Leagues, which was nominated for a CableACE Award and three NAACP Image Awards. He has also served as executive producer on the cable television movies "Bloodknot," "Incident at Deception Ridge," "The Colony" and "Any Place But Home." "Roswell" is Brown's first primetime series.

The only non-professional dancer in his family, Brown studied ballet but didn't follow in the rest of his family's footsteps - his two sisters, his brother and both parents danced with the American Ballet Theater. In fact, ballet was so ingrained in Brown's New York City childhood that the 1977 feature film "The Turning Point" was based on life within Brown's immdeiate family. The film earned 11 Academy Award nominations, but Brown's character was written out of the script after the first draft.

Lisa J. Olin

Executive Producer

Having worked her way up the creative ladder in the film world, Lissa J. Olin makes her first foray into primetime television with "Roswell."

While attending New York University film school, Olin, a Long Island native, got her first taste of movie-making as an intern on the film version of "A Chorus Line." Soon, she was offered a full-time paying job with the production. A year later, Olin became a production assistant for another New York-based film, "Brighton Beach Memoirs," the film version of Neil Simon's Broadway hit.

Olin moved to Los Angeles in 1986, where she joined with producer David Kirshner on the development of several animated series ("Pirates of Dark Water") and children's features ("The Page Master"). Eventually, she joined The Koch Company as a production associate, where she worked on such films as "Primal Fear," "Losing Isaiah," "Virtuosity," "Sliver," along with "Wayne's World" and "Wayne's World 2."

Currently, she is partnered with Jonathan Frakes in their production company, Goepp Circle Productions, most recently serving as executive producer of the television movie, "Dying to Live." They have numerous projects in development, including the feature film "Total Recall II."

A classical pianist since age 7, Olin shares her Los Angeles home with husband Jeremiah Williamson, a composer consultant, and the couple's black-and-white cat, Groucho.

Contact The Cast
Info from the now closed sites Leaving Normal, Roswellian Realm & Roswellian Adventure

Below are the known addresses for the members of the Roswell cast. You can
contact them via these addresses to convey your support, or to request an autograph.
(This info is no longer usable, but I thought it would be interesting to include it.)

Cast Member Name
c/o Roswell
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
(can specify cast member here)
20th Century Fox Television
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
Cast Member Name
c/o Roswell
Paramount Pictures Corporation
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Katherine Heigl (Isabel Evans)
c/o Elite Models Inc.
111 E. 22nd St.
New York, NY 10010
Colin Hanks (Alex Whitman)
c/o CAA
9830 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
William Sadler (Sheriff Valenti)
10474 Santa Monica Blvd. #380
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Julie Benz (Kathleen Topolsky)
c/o Innovative Artists
1999 Ave. of the Stars
Suite 2850
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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