GOD'S NOT DEAD
About the Cast
Kevin Sorbo - Professor Radisson As a strong leading man and a hunky Half-God,
Kevin Sorbo brings a refreshing cadence to Hollywood. Growing up in Mound,
Minnesota, a western suburb of Minneapolis, the "Sorbs" excelled at football,
basketball, baseball and golf, but always remained close to the theater. After
studying marketing and advertising at Moorhead State University and the
University of Minnesota, Kevin moved to Dallas where he joined an actors theater
group and began modeling and doing television commercials. After 18 months there
he headed for Europe where a 3-month travel plan turned into 3 1/2 years of work
in Milan, Paris, Munich, London, and Zurich. When he finally made his way to Los
Angeles he booked his first commercial audition there which shot in Sydney,
Australia. That 10-day trip turned into a six-month stay where he shot 7
commercials and did one play. Moving back to Los Angeles he studied acting with
Bill Traylor at the famed Loft studios. He also studied with Janet Alhanti,
Richard Brander, Cameron Thor and Roy London. To make ends meet he modeled for
print ads and appeared in over 150 commercials and made prime time appearances
as a guest star on shows such as "Dallas", "The Commish", and "Murder She
It was after his other pilots and guest-starring roles that Kevin received
international stardom when he booked the lead role in "Hercules, the Legendary
Journeys" (1993-1999). Originally designed as a 5-movie mini-series, the
innovative action show received a tremendous response and proved that Kevin was
just what Hollywood was looking for. The movies were transformed into a weekly
show and exploded onto the mainstream, passing up ratings topper "Baywatch" as
the most watched TV show in the world, airing in 176 countries. Sorbo also
directed and wrote on the series.
Following the success of a 7 year run on Hercules, Sorbo went straight into
tackling another iconic role to star in the lead as "Captain Dylan Hunt" in
"Gene Roddenberry's, Andromeda". This was the first pilot written by Roddenberry
in 1969 after the original Star Trek series was cancelled. Andromeda debuted as
the number one, hour-long show in first run syndication and remained at number
one for its entire run from 2000-2005.
In 1996, on hiatus from Hercules, Sorbo starred in the Universal Studios feature
film KULL, THE CONQUEROR, the prequel to CONAN, THE BARBARIAN. That was followed
by WALKING TALL, THE PAYBACK and WALKING TALL, LONE JUSTICE, both for Sony/MGM.
Other popular credits are Lifetime Channel's "Last Chance Cafe", Sy Fy Channel's
"Something Beneath" and Hallmark's third highest rated film in the western,
"Avenging Angel". Sorbo also had starring roles in THE SANTA SUIT (2010), MEET
THE SPARTANS (2008), FIRE FROM BELOW (2009), PRAIRIE FEVER" (2008), NEVER CRY
WEREWOLF (2008), FLESH WOUNDS (2011), PARADOX (2011), and ABC Family's DVD
release of "Tommy and the Cool Mule" (2009). In 2010, he starred in the
Australian comedy, THE KING OF MYKONOS, which debuted in Australia as the number
one movie in that country. Sorbo has since played opposite Kristy Swanson and
John Ratzenberger in the independent film WHAT IF...., which premiered in August
of 2011. The independent film remained in theaters for 5 months on strong word
of mouth and was nominated for Best Family Movie of the Year 2011 by the Movie
Guide Awards. Sorbo himself was nominated and received the Movie Guide Award for
Most Inspirational Performance of the Year for his portrayal of "Ben Walker". In
2013 Sorbo was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Riverside Film
Festival. In between all that shooting, Sorbo also guest starred on a number of
sitcoms including "Just Shoot Me, "Cybill", "Two and a Half Men", "Dharma and
Greg", "According to Jim", "Gary Unmarried", "Don't Talk to the B in Apartment
23", and "Hope and Faith". You can also add "Psych", "Hawaii 5-0", and a
recurring role on "The OC".
In 2011, Sorbo starred alongside Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood
in SOUL SURFER, the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, played
by Anna Sophia Robb, who lost her left arm in a shark attack while surfing. Also
set to release on the big screen is JULIA X, a 3D psychological thriller. Other
movies include an Italian/American feature, THE CAPTIVES, and a 2012 Christmas
movie with Della Reese and Teri Polo called A CHRISTMAS ANGEL. ABEL'S FIELD is a
modern day tale of Cain and Abel set in the world of Texas High School football,
and SHADOW ON THE MESA, starring alongside Greg Evigan and Gail O'Grady. Other
future releases include THE COFFIN, SAM STEELE: THE SILVER CHALICE, SINGLE IN
SOUTH BEACH, AVARICE and two comedies: POOLBOY: DROWNING OUT THE FURY, and FDR:
Upcoming releases for 2014 include the Pure Flix Picture, GOD'S NOT DEAD, STORM
RIDER, HOPE BRIDGE, THE PRODIGAL SON, NORMAL LIKE ME, GALLOWS ROAD, SURVIVOR,
and THE REGIFTER. Sorbo also shot a documentary of Lutheran disciple John Calvin
called LET THE LION ROAR.
In 2005, he signed an unprecedented development deal with ABC/Touchstone
Television that resulted in the creation of "Bobby Cannon", a half-hour comedy
pilot written by Barry Kemp of "Coach" and "Newhart" fame. That pilot topped the
charts in the audience testing, however ABC decided not to pick up the show. Go
figure. Sorbo was also the lead in "Wolf Canyon", a pilot comedy about a show
within a show that won the best comedy award in Canada.
Kevin released his memoir in 2012, True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to
Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life. The book chronicles his near
death experience at the end of season 5 on "Hercules" suffering three strokes
and the battle back to regain his life. It is an honest account of celebrity,
personal tragedy, and the power of letting go. In 2013 Sorbo received the Public
Leadership in Neurology Award from the American Brain Foundation and American
Academy of Neurology for his work in bringing stroke awareness to an
international level. Sorbo also received the 2013 Invisible Disabilities
Association Inspiration Honors Award. A non-profit organization encouraging,
educating, and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, pain and
disability around the globe.
In real life, Kevin leads "A World Fit for Kids", a successful mentoring model
that trains inner-city teens to use school, fitness, sports and positive role
models for themselves, and then become the coaches and mentors for younger
children. In 2004, the program was awarded the Governor's Gold Star for the most
successful after-school program in the state of California. Then in 2003, Kevin
was named national spokesperson, successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, for the
Afterschool Alliance; a non-profit organization working to ensure that all
children have access to safe, enriching afterschool programs. Sorbo currently
resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sam and three young children.
Shane Harper - Josh Harper established himself as an artist with a quadruple
threat-singer, actor, dancer, and songwriter.He began working as a professional
dancer in the entertainment industry when he was just 13,appearingas a
principal dancer in High School Musical 2, and in Nickelodeon's show, "Dance on
Shane transitioned easily into acting, and is recurring on the hit Disney
Channel show, "Good Luck Charlie", for all 4 seasons. He guest starred on
"Wizards of Waverly Place", and "So Random". He also guest starred in a 4
episode arc for the scripted MTVseries, "Awkward."
As an actor in film, Shane worked with Rob Reiner, in asupportingrole for the
movie, FLIPPED. He also had a small featured role in the Bollywood film, MY NAME
Shane has a principal rolethe independent feature film, GOD'S NOT DEAD and he
was given the opportunity to write and record a song for the soundtrack called,
"Hold You Up", which will be released on hisupcomingdigital EP.
In his most recent independent feature film, PLATINUM, Shane is cast as a
lead,opposite Kathryn McCormick (STEP UP REVOLUTION). He also was cast as the
lead on a new MTV series titled "Happyland," which recently received an
8-episode first season order.
On the music side, Harper's self-titled album was released physically through
Target, and digitally through iTunes and Amazon across the U.S. The album was
Executive Produced by Adam Anders (Executive Music Producer of "Glee" and the
film ROCK OF AGES) and released through Anders' record label, Deep Well
David A.R. White - Pastor Dave, Producer White has been working in the
entertainment industry in Los Angeles for over fifteen years. Raised in a small
farming town outside of Dodge City, Kansas, David's father was a pastor in a
Mennonite church where David accepted the Lord at four-years old.
After high school, David attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago; however, he
left Moody after one year and moved to Los Angeles. At the age of 19, without
knowing anyone, and only six months after moving, David landed a recurring role
on the hit TV CBS sitcom, "Evening Shade" for three years.He played the best
friend of Burt Reynolds's son. David then went on to guest appearances on such
shows as: "Coach," "Saved by the Bell," "Sisters," "Melrose Place," "Martial
Law" and many others. Raised in the church, David was very familiar with
"Christian Films," and had a passion to use his gifts and talents to make films
that uplift and inspire the human spirit.
In 1999, with that passion, David produced and starred in the feature length
film THE MOMENT AFTER. The following year, he produced and starred in the
groundbreaking film, MERCY STREETS opposite Eric Roberts, Stacy Keach and
Cynthia Watros. David was nominated for a movie guide "best actor" award for his
dual roles in the film.
Early in 2006, David became a founding partner in the film
distribution/production entityPURE FLIX ENTERTAINMENT. Today, Pure Flix
maintains its position as the number one Christian studio, producing and
distributing more films than any other studio.
David also maintains his position as one of the most prolific actors/filmmakers
in Christian Films, as he writes, directs, produces and stars in many of the
David has starred in over 20 films. Some of his film credits include: SIX...THE
MARK UNLEASHED, THE MOMENT AFTER 1,2, IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, THE VISITIATION,
HIDDEN SECRETS, HOLYMAN UNDERCOVER, RUN ON, MARRIAGE RETREAT, ME AGAIN, and his
Dove-nominated performance in JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN (based on the best selling
book that sold close to 2 million units).
In 2012, David created, produced and stared in the GMC original film, BROTHER
WHITE. He co-stared with Reginald Vel Johnson, Jackee, Victoria Jackson, academy
award nominee Bruce Davison, Ray Wise and his wife Andrea Logan White. For his
work, David was nominated for the coveted CableFAX best acting award. Also in
2012, David starred in ENCOUNTER...PARADISE LOST, the sequel to sleeper hit THE
ENCOUNTER, which David directed.
In 2013, David starred in REVELATION ROAD 1&2 opposite Brian Bosworth and Steve
"Sting" Borden. David also just finished directing the movie REDEEMED with Ted
McGinley and Grant Goodeve.
David's passion has always been to further the Christian faith based genre with
excellence in every way. His love for the Lord has governed the projects he
attaches himself to. David and his wife live in Los Angeles with their two
Benjamin Alfred Onyango Ochieng - Rev. Jude Ochieng left his native country
Kenya in 1987 to pursue further studies in the United States of America. He has
a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from California State
University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California. After graduating in 1992, he
relocated to Hollywood, California to pursue a career in Music and Acting.
After a few years with Funk Rock band P.F.O. and part-time acting, he made the
decision to be a full- time actor. Since then he has worked on numerous feature
films and TV shows.
His TV credits include "General Hospital", "The Sheild", and "The X-Files." His
Film credits include the following: THE CURSE, GOD's NOT DEAD, FILMMAKERS
ANONYMOUS and DEFAULT, all currently in Post-Production, KWAME, in which he won
2009 Best Actor Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, CHAINS, THUNDER
CHANCE, THE DISCIPLE, THE ANATOLIA, AMERICAN CRUDE, THE TERMINAL, and TEARS OF
His knowledge of and fluency in the Swahili language has landed him voice acting
and ADR roles in many Hollywood films including: THE RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE
APES, MACHINE GUN PREACHER, INCEPTION, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, the video
game RESIDENT EVIL V, PRIMEVAL, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, PATH TO 911, A LEAGUE OF
EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and the TV series, "E-Ring."
Paul Kwo - Martin Kwo is best known for his voice over and ADR work on projects
likeRESIDENT EVIL 6, BONES, 2012, GANGSTER SQUAD, and FUNNY PEOPLE. This
talented actor, who has appeared in such television shows
as"Scrubs"and"Knight Rider," is a schooled composer and musician capable of
performing on a variety of string, woodwind, and brass instruments. In addition
to composing the score for the short NO STRINGS ATTACHED, this videogame
enthusiast is fluent in three languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin, and
other Chinese dialects. Paul, a frequent guest host on LA's 1430 AM Chinese
radio show "The Rainbow Under the Sky", has been featured in a number of
commercials for popular brands such as Nationwide, McDonalds, and IBM. See him
in each of his two films being released in 2013,GOD'S NOT DEADwith Dean Cain
and INAPPROPRIATE COMEDYstarring Rob Schneider, Adrian Brody, Michelle
Rodriguez, and Lindsay Lohan.
Dr. Rice Broocks appears as himself in GOD'S NOT DEAD. Soon after Rice Broocks
became a Christian as a third year university student, he discussed his faith
with his brother Ben, an atheist, who was a third year law student. Though Rice
was young in his faith, his simple answers to his brother's questions led to
Ben's acceptance of Christ, and he baptized Ben later that day.
"Since that day I've devoted my life to reaching out to an unbelieving,
skeptical world with the message that God is indeed real and has revealed
Himself in nature, as well as in history," said Broocks.
In his book, God's Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty (Thomas
Nelson, March 2013), Broocks offers a clear, understandable overview of the
evidence for God as well as the credibility of the Christian faith, while
responding directly to many skeptical claims.
Broocks is the co-founder of the Every Nation family of churches, which
currently includes more than 1,000 churches in more than 60 countries. Present
on hundreds of college campuses, Broocks has spent the last 30 years with Every
Nation focusing on equipping college students around the world to defend their
faith. Broocks also serves as the senior minister of Bethel World Outreach
Church in Nashville, Tenn., where he provides oversight for this multi-ethnic,
multisite church, currently meeting in locations in Middle Tennessee, Texas, and
Arizona. Broocks holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi
State University, a master's degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in
Jackson, Miss., as well as a doctorate in missiology from Fuller Theological
Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. Broocks lives in Franklin, Tenn., with his wife,
Jody, and their five children.
Willie Robertson appears as himself in GOD'S NOT DEAD. Willie Robertson stars in
A&E's hit show"Duck Dynasty" and is the CEO of Duck Commander, a family
operated business that creates products for duck hunters including duck calls,
clothes, and videos. Willie, along with his wife and business partner Korie
Robertson, also owns and operates Buck Commander where they create products for
deer hunters. Willie took the family duck call making company from a living room
operation to a multi-million dollar business. Korie helped her husband grow the
company into an ever-expanding enterprise and serves as the Duck Commander
office manager. Willie and Korie live together with their four children, John
Luke, Sadie, Will, and Bella, in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Newsboys appear as themselves in GOD'S NOT DEAD. Four-time GRAMMY-nominated
band NEWSBOYS boasts an impressive track record with 16 albums, five gold
certifications, 30 No. 1 radio hits and close to 8 million units sold over their
multi-decade career. This rock and pop-driven worship band includes front man
Michael Tait (vocals) and his band mates who've played together for two decades
- Jody Davis (guitar), Jeff Frankenstein (keys) and Duncan Phillips (drums).
Their release, "Born Again," saw the largest street week of their careers,
debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and garnering three No. 1 hits. Their
2012 record, God's Not Dead, has sold over 300,000 copies and its title song,
"God's Not Dead," topped the CHR radio format for seven weeks in a row. Renowned
for their heart-pumping live concerts, the tight knit Newsboys unit continues to
headline shows in the US and around the world. Their new album, "Restart," hit
stores in September 2013.
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