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[ Celebrity Guests ]

Celebrating 41 Years of All Things Super!

Helen Slater

Helen Slater is an American actress, singer and songwriter. She played the title role in the 1984 film Supergirl, and returned to the TV series of the same name. In her next film, Slater was cast alongside Christian Slater as Billie Jean Davy, a folk hero who styles herself as a modern-day Joan of Arc, in the film The Legend of Billie Jean (1985). In the following years, she starred in several comedy-drama films such as Ruthless People (1986), The Secret of My Success (1987), and City Slickers (1991) with Billy Crystal, the steamy A House in the Hills (1993) with Michael Madsen, and the action-crime drama No Way Back opposite Russell Crowe (1996). Other noteworthy performances were seen in films including 12:01 (1993), Betrayal of the Dove, and opposite Andy Richter in Seeing Other People (2004).Slater has appeared on episodes of various television series, including The New Adventures of Old Christine, Supernatural, four episodes as the voice of Talia in Batman: The Animated Series, and others. She was a series regular on the half-season run of the 1990 ABC newsroom drama Capital News and the 2011–2013 two season run of the ABC Family series The Lying Game.During her career, Slater has revisited her 1984 role of Supergirl. She made a brief guest appearance on Seinfeld as a love interest of Jerry Seinfeld. Slater was seen in a recurring role as Clark Kent’s biological mother, Lara, on the TV series Smallville and as Supergirl’s adoptive mother in the current TV series Supergirl In the 2000s, Slater recorded five albums, singing her own compositions and playing the piano.

Erica Durance

Erica Durance, “Dr. Alex Reid”/ Producer Erica Durance is a producer and lead actress on CTV’s hit medical drama SAVING HOPE, playing the role of Dr. Alex Reid, for which she garnered Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2013 and 2017. Many fans know her as Lois Lane from SMALLVILLE, which she starred as for seven years on the show. Her many notable guest appearances include Wonder Woman on HARRY’S LAW with Kathy Bates, and Samantha Masters in the CHARLIE’S ANGELS remake. Durance’s more recent film credits include her tour de force performance as twin sisters in the Italian film Gemelle. In 2011, Durance was nominated for a Saturn Award and Teen Choice Award for Best Actress for her work in SMALLVILLE. In 2012, HELLO! Canada magazine listed her as one of Canada’s 50 Most Beautiful People, and Buddy TV ranked her #9 on its TV’s 100 Sexist Women. Durance is a supporter of World Vision Canada and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her husband and their three sons.

Katrina Law

Katrina Law currently stars on Sony Crackle’s THE OATH alongside Sean Bean and Ryan Kwanten. Prior
to that, she starred as the female lead in Antoine Fuqua/Jerry Bruckheimer’s TRAINING DAY series for
CBS and Warner Brothers Television. Katrina also stars in the Independent features, APPARITION
directed by Quinn Saunders, and DEATH VALLEY directed by T.J. Scott, as well as ZEROES directed by
Charles Smith and DARKNESS RISING directed by Austin Reading. She also starred in a pivotal role as
Danny Glover’s right hand woman in the Independent feature CHECKMATE directed by Timothy
Woodward Jr.
Katrina has gained an extremely loyal global following from her recurring role of “Nyssa Al Ghul,” on
CW’s ARROW. She notably starred as the romantic lead in Hallmark’s SNOW BRIDE directed by Bert
Kish. SNOW BRIDE has become one of Hallmarks highest rated movies which led to her starring again
for Hallmark in 12 GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS directed by Peter Sullivan. Katrina previously starred in the
series “SPARTACUS for Starz Network.

Tara Strong – UDPATE

Due to unforeseen circumstances, fan favorite, Tara Strong is no longer a guest for the 41st Annual Superman Celebration.  Plans are already in the works to bring her back soon!

Previous Year Special Guests

John Haymes Newton

“Superboy”

With his muscular physique and dark good looks, John Haymes Newton seemed perfectly cast in the dual role of the teenage Clark Kent and his alter ego “Superboy” in the 1988 syndicated series. But after one season, he was replaced by another actor and instead began to carve out a career on stage and screen. The native North Carolinian headed to Manhattan at age 19 to study acting and soon found himself headlining a TV series. After leaving “Superboy”, John Haymes Newton garnered praise for his leading role in a 1990 production of “Out Town” at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. John Haymes Newton’s film career did not begin particularly auspiciously, playing a romantic rival to rapper Vanilla Ice, both vying for the affections of Kristin Minter, in “Cool as Ice” (1991) and graduated to leading roles with “Desert Kickboxer/Desert Hawk” (1992), playing a half-breed cop fighting drug dealers in Arizona. The role required the actor do little more than pose and look good while executing low-level martial arts stunts. “Alive” (1993) gave John Haymes Newton more to do as one of the survivors of a plane crash in the Andes. Returning to the small screen, John Haymes Newton cut a handsome figure as the driver for Eliot Ness in the syndicated series remake of “The Untouchables” (1993-94). He seemed to find his niche when cast as a mysterious stranger who comes to the aid of Cassidy Rae in the Fox primetime soap “Models, Inc.” (1994-95). Building on that performance, John Haymes Newton joined the cast of another of the network’s serials, “Melrose Place”, in 1998, portraying Ryan McBride, an executive who also happened to be the younger brother of restaurateur Kyle McBride (played by Rob Estes).

John Newton will participate in a special Superboy 30th Anniversary Q & A and meet fans on Saturday.

Aaron Smolinki

“Baby Superman”

Aaron Smolinski made his acting debut at the age of 3 playing “Baby Superman” in Superman: The Movie (Lee Quigley played the role of baby Kal-El earlier in the film). He also returned in Superman: II & Superman: III. While growing up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his parents and brother, Aaron continued acting doing numerous commercials and movies such as Superman II and Superman III. During this time, he had the opportunity of working with some great actors including Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Louis Gossett, Jr., as well as some great directors namely Richard Donner and Richard Lester.

 Aaron does have a Cameo in “Man Of Steel” and he is one of only two people to be in 5 of the Superman movies

Jeff East

“Young Superman/Clark Kent”

Jeff East was born in St. Louis Missouri and currently calls Nice France his home.

His professional acting career began at the age of 14 with his role as Huckleberry Finn in the United Artists feature films Tom Sawyer (1973) and Huckleberry Finn(1974). East is known for his portrayal of teenage Clark Kent in Alexander Salkind’s Superman: The Movie in 1978.

East’s feature film credits include: Flight of the Wolf (1974), Summer of Fear aka “Stranger in Our House”(1978), Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith(1979), Klondike Fever (1980), Deadly Blessing(1981), Up The Creek(1984), Dream West(1986), Pumpkinhead(1988), Another Chance(1989) and Deadly Exposure(1993).

East also hit the small screen with roles in television series: Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, How The West Was Won, The New Adam-12, M*A*S*H*, 1st & Ten: The Championship, Doogie Howser M.D., and more currently, Ransom’s Law.

Jeff East will be available to meet fans on Friday and Saturday and will take part in a special 40th Anniversary of Superman: The Movie Q & A

Jack O’Halloran

“Non”

Jack O’Halloran is best known for his role as Non, part of the trio of villains led by Commander Zod, in both the original Superman and Superman II. Standing at 6’6”, Jack has played villainous roles not only in Superman, but in The Baltimore Bullet(starring James Coburn and Omar Sharif), Dragnet (the Dan Aykroyd/Tom Hanks comedy based on the hit TV series) and the Chuck Norris vehicle Hero and The Terror.

Jack’s acting career is only part of his story. Before he became an actor, he was a professional boxer active between 1966 and 1974. “Irish Jack” as he was known, was considered to be one of boxings most promising heavyweight hopefuls. Jack fought a total of 57 fights, winning 34 with 17 KOs, losing 21 fights (being knocked down 8 times) and drawing 2.  Jack has written a book called Family Legacy (due out in November). The book is based on the life of his father, Albert Anastasia. Jack’s father is best known as the head of Murder, Inc., an organization that enforced the decisions of the ruling council of the mafia.

Jack O’Halloran will be available to meet fans on Friday and Saturday and will take part in a special 40th Anniversary of Superman: The Movie Q & A.

Ilya Salkind

Producer

Ilya Salkind was born in Mexico City, and grew up in the world of motion pictures. At a young age, Ilya started his career as a producer and has accumulated a stunning filmography. Ilya produced, with his father and grandfather, the tremendous worldwide box office hits The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge (1974), which was the first time in the industry a film and its sequel were shot simultaneously. Ilya was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on The Three Musketeers (1973).

Ilya then went on to initiate the blockbuster “Superman” franchise, one of the most successful in film history. The Academy Award-winning Superman (1978) also has the distinction of being the first major Comic Book film adaptation ever made. Under Ilya’s supervision, this film and its first two sequels became worldwide blockbusters. Superman II (1980) was awarded the Best Science Fiction Film of the year by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Ilya’s venture into television, Superboy (1988) (1988-1992), also proved successful, lasting four seasons for a total of 100 episodes. The show was recognized by the Young Artist Awards as one of the Best Family Series on television. After producing the $50 million Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) with Marlon Brando, Benicio Del Toro, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Georges Corraface, in the role of Christopher Columbus, Ilya and wife Jane Chaplin (daughter of Charles Chaplin and granddaughter of Eugene O’Neill) settled down in Orlando, Florida and took a sabbatical to raise their two young sons. The celebrity couple amicably parted ways at the end of 1999.

Ilya, now based in LA and having formed The Ilya Salkind Company, Inc.,  Ilya Salkind has a reputation for discovering new talent throughout his career, including Christopher Reeve (Superman), Helen Slater (Supergirl), and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Benicio Del Toro (Christopher Columbus: The Discovery starring Marlon Brando). Alexander the Great from Macedonia is geared for a 2006 summer release and aimed toward a teen audience.