Raised on Manhattan’s West Side, Benjamin graduated from New York’s High School of Performing Arts and then from Northwestern University, majoring in drama.  His first professional acting job was in Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare production of Taming of the Shrew.  In 1964 Mike Nichols cast him in the lead role for the national company of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park and later he directed the London production of the now-classic romantic comedy.  Upon his return from London, Benjamin was signed to co-star with Dan Dailey in the national company of another  Neil Simon classic The Odd Couple.  Benjamin made his Broadway debut in Simon’s  The Star Spangled Girl.  His other Broadway credits include The Little Black Book and The Norman Conquests.

Benjamin’s auspicious film debut came in 1969, starring opposite Ali MacGraw in Goodbye, Columbus.  He went on to appear in more than twenty feature films, including Catch-22, Diary of a Mad Housewife, The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker, The Steagle, Portnoy’s Complaint, House Calls, and Love at First Bite.  He was honored in 1975 with the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in The Sunshine Boys.

In 1982, Benjamin made the transition from acting to directing with My Favorite Year, a film that brought Peter O’Toole an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.  Benjamin has since directed the films: Racing With The Moon with Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage, City Heat with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, The Money Pit with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long, Little Nikita with Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix, My Stepmother is an Alien with Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger, Downtown with Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker, Mermaids with Cher, Winona Ryder, and Bob Hoskins, Made in America with Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson, Milk Money starring Melanie Griffith and Ed Harris, and Mrs.Winterbourne with Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake, and Brendan Fraser. 

Benjamin directed the acclaimed military satire, The Pentagon Wars for HBO.  He then directed Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor for Showtime Networks.  The film received an Emmy nomination for best picture. 

On television, Benjamin co-starred with his wife Paula Prentiss in the CBS series “He and She,” and starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Arthur Miller’s “Fame.”  Benjamin also hosted two top-rated episodes of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” one of which earned an Emmy nomination.

Returning to screen acting, Benjamin appeared in Woody Allen's film, Deconstructing Harry. On stage, Mr. Benjamin did a four month run of Power Plays by Elaine May and Alan Arkin with his wife Paula Prentiss in New York City. Mr. Benjamin directed the satire, Marci X, starring Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans for Paramount Pictures, released in 2003.  Next, he produced and directed Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl, starring Patricia Heaton, Jeff Daniels, and Alan Cumming for TNT.

In 2005 he starred in All My Sons by Arthur Miller with his wife and son, Ross Benjamin at Shadowlands Theater in Ellenville, New York.  He then directed the film A Little Thing Called Murder starring Judy Davis. He recently starred with George Segal at the Geffen Playhouse  in the American premiere of Heroes, adapted and translated by Tom Stoppard.


Beverly Washburn was one of Hollywood's most familiar child actors during the 1950's and 1960's, a consummate performer who excelled at both comedy and drama with equal ease. Renowned for her uncanny ability to cry on cue, she appeared in countless television shows during the medium's Golden Age, and many of the era's best loved movies.
A native of   Hollywood California, she started modeling children's clothes at the age of three and got her first acting job at the age of six in the Columbia movie The Killer That Stalked New York, starring Evelyn Keyes.

Beverly might  best be  remembered for her role as Lisbeth in the classic Walt Disney film Old Yeller  and fans will also remember her from other movies such as Shane  starring Alan Ladd, The Greatest Show on Earth in which she was directed by Cecil B. DeMille,  Hans Christian Andersen in which she portrayed the little girl outside the jail who Danny Kaye sings Thumbelina to, as well as Here Comes the Groom starring Bing Crosby. She also co-starred with Kirk Douglas in The Juggler and Western fans will remember her from The Lone Ranger feature film starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels.

One of her best remembered  films is Spider Baby starring Lon chaney Jr., which has become a cult classic  film garnering fans throughout the world. Those of you who are Superman fans will also remember her as the little girl in "Superman and the Molemen".  Beverly's career throughout her lifetime has been very diverse, having worked on almost every major TV show  from the 5o's and 60's including "Wagon Train" in which she co-starred with Lou Costello in his only dramatic role, "Gidget", "The Patty Duke Show",  "77 Sunset Strip", " Hawaiian Eye"," Dragnet", "Playhouse 90", "The Texan", "Arrest and Trial", "One Step Beyond", 'Thriller" (which just came out on dvd and in which she  does  the commentary for her episode "Parasite Mansion" ), "The Law and Mr. Jones", Lux Video Theatre, Four Star Playhouse, Schlitz Playhouse, "Father Knows Best", "Mr. Novak",  "The Streets of San Francisco",  "The Millionaire"," Fury", "McMillan and Wife", and  Science Fiction Theater - just to name a few. She also appeared on the  original  "Star Trek" as Lt. Arlene Galway in "The Deadly Years" . She was also a series regular on "The New Loretta Young Show", having worked with Loretta Young several times on her anthology show and treasured her deep friendship with her up until the time Ms. Young passed away.

In the 1960's Beverly even cut a  hit record on the Smash label called "Everybody Loves Saturday Night But Me", written by the legendary folk artist Pete Seeger.

One of Beverly's favorite appearances was working with Tony Dow on "Leave it to Beaver" in an episode titled "The Blind Date Committee" in which she portrays a girl in school who nobody wants to go out with, so "Wally" gets stuck taking her out.  Beverly is  thrilled to be re-uniting with him once again in December Dilemma ... this time playing his wife!

Beverly currently lives in Las Vegas and is the author of "Reel Tears - The Beverly Washburn Story, Take Two"  which can be purchased on-line and in bookstores. She also writes a monthly column titled "Hollywood Memories" for a local paper called "Vegas Voice" and is an animal advocate.

SEAN ASTIN (Teddy Hammond)

Sean Patrick Astin made his feature film debut (at age 13) as "Mikey Walsh" in Richard Donner's adventure The Goonies (1984). Sean's portrayal of a young man determined to play football for Notre Dame in Rudy (1993) won hearts across America, and continues to inspire young people whenever it is shown. His role in Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings, as "Samwise Gamgee," the loyal and trustworthy sidekick of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) earned him accolades around the world.

Audiences have enjoyed Sean's performances in over 70 films and television shows. In Where the Day Takes You, his portrayal of a strung out homeless kid on the streets of Hollywood marked a dramatic evolution in his career. Other notable performances have been with Brendan Fraser in Encino Man, Memphis Belle with Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz, Warren Beatty's Bulworth, HBO's sci-fi movie Harrison Bergeron, Safe Passage with Susan Sarandon and Sam Shepard, Boy Meets Girl, and Toy Soldiers.

Sean is the son of the famous Patty Duke. In 1981, at age 9, Sean starred with his mother in the after-school special Please Don't Hit Me, Mom (1981) (TV). Sean attended Crossroads High School for the Arts and studied with the famous Stella Adler. He's also become involved behind the camera, directing and co-producing the short film Kangaroo Court (1994), which was nominated in the best short film category at the The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) (TV) in 1995. Sean is married to Christine Astin, his co-producer on Kangaroo Court (1994). The couple live in Los Angeles. Even though a successful director, he's not about to give up acting.

ROSS BENJAMIN (Adam Reissman)

Ross is a graduate of Harvard University and has studied in Oxford and London with the British American Drama Academy. He most recently guest starred on the Showtime series Tracey Ullman's "State of the Union". He served as both producer and star of the National Lampoon comedy Hard Four (with Ed Asner, Dabney Coleman, Ed Begley Jr. and Bryan Cranston) and can be seen in the upcoming films Treatment and Dumping Grounds. Ross guest starred in the pilot for ABC's Life On Mars, played Peter Goldsmith in Mike Nichols' Primary Colors, and had a recurring role on Tracy Ullman's HBO comedy Tracey Takes On. Other film and TV credits include Made in America, The Shrink Is In, Revolution #9, TNT's The Goodbye Girl, AMC's Remember Wenn, and ABC's High Incident.
Recently, Ross shared the stage with his mother, Paula Prentiss, as Tom Wingfield in the Boarshead Theater's production of The Glass Menagerie. Ross was also part of the sold out West Coast Premiere of Modern Orthodox and appeared in the West Coast Jewish Theatre's production of A Majority of One. He played Chris Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the Shadowland Theatre (alongside both his parents, Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin) and was seen opposite Larry Pressman in the Inkwell Theater's production of Peter Lefcourt's Only the Dead Know Burbank (directed by Peter Bonerz). Ross appeared in New York as Treplyev in The Sea Gull, Al in On the Open Road, Cootie in Moonchildren, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he played Harry Bagley in Cloud Nine and Tireseus in The Bacchae, and at the Drill Hall in London, the King in Love's Labour's Lost. Ross is also a member of the New Jersey Repertory Company and the co-founder of Flatshoe Entertainment and "The American Screenwriting Competition".

HEATHER GORDON (Victoria Reissman)

Heather Gordon is a Bay Area native who has been acting professionally in theatre since she was 11. She recently received her Masters degree in Acting at the American Repertory Theater/MXAT Institute at Harvard University. She has performed in several major productions at such theaters as the world renowned Moscow Art Theatre. Ms. Gordon was Amanda Seyfried's double in the Warner Brothers film Red Riding Hood, as well as starred in 5 episodes of "The Magnitude" for the American Red Cross. She can be seen as the comical character "Clea", in the November/December release of Seducing Charlie Barker, for which she won two best actress awards at the Williamsburg and Geneva Film Festivals. For over a year Heather performed as the lead in the professional musical production of The Donkey Show, directed by Tony Award winner (Hair 2009) Diane Paulus at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts. Ms. Gordon also had the privilege of performing at the annual gala for Washington's prestigious Shakespeare Theatre Co., highlighted by the honoring of Sir Ian Mckellen.

Ms. Gordon toured California for over a year as the lead in Secrets, with Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater Programs. Past roles include Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday, Viola in Twelfth Night, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Abigail Williams in The Crucible. Commercial credits include Nintendo Wii, Volvo, Clinique, AT&T, Sega and Slingbox . She also was the subject of a feature article and was the cover model for The Improper Bostonian Magazine Feb 2010. Heather was Miss Marin County 2008 and a Top 8 finalist at Miss California for the Miss America Organization.

HAYDEN WHITCOMB (Billy Reissman)

Hayden Whitcomb, age 9, is a 5th generation San Franciscan, having two great-grandmothers who were both 1906 Earthquake survivors. He has performed with Dance Mission in Hip Hop and Tap Dancing, and has appeared in numerous Pottery Barn Kids catalogs (on 3 covers), in addition to appearing in print ads for many other retailers. Hayden got his professional start in acting at age 7 when he played Burt in Arthur Miller's American masterpiece All My Sons at the Actors Theatre of San Francisco. Most recently, Hayden appeared as Randolph, the precocious little brother, in Bye Bye Birdie at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (high school). Hayden follows in his grandfather and mother's footsteps, taking up the acting torch and running with it. Hayden is soon-to-be a 4th grader at his Spanish immersion elementary school in the SF Unified School District (and he is therefore fluent in Spanish!). He is VERY excited about making his film debut with December Dilemma.

GRACIE GREMEL (Emily Reissman)

Gracie lives with her family in Northern California where she eagerly awaits starting second grade with a passion for Music, Math, and Art. Gracie loves to sing and dance throughout the house--which drives her brother crazy! Television shows such as Wizards of Waverly Place and American Idol inspire her. As a classical ballet dancer, this ambitious seven year old already has an impressive list of credits including The Nutcracker Ballet; Miss Spider's Tea Party; Lon Po Po; Tico and the Golden Wings; The Jewel Heart; and Nightmare in my Closet. Gracie has enjoyed performing with her mother in recent productions of Alice in Wonderland; Mother's R & R; and I Am the Vine. It is no surprise that everyone who meets Gracie falls in love with her charming personality and her sweet, angelic voice. December Dilemma marks Gracie’s film debut. The privilege of working with director Adam Reeves and the rest of his remarkable cast fills this young actress' heart with joy!


Brian studied Acting in Washington, D.C. at the Hartke Theatre Conservatory and the Catholic University of America. After moving to Los Angeles, Brian honed his comedy chops performing for seven years with the critically acclaimed comedy group, "PUBLIC NUISANCE" at Budd Friedman's Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, as well as other Comedy Clubs, Corporate Events, and Festivals.

Brian's Feature Film debut was acting opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the Warner Bros. movie, Cobb, directed by Ron Shelton. He has recently appeared in such TV dramas as ABC's Castle and ABC Family's Greek. He's also appeared in numerous Sitcom's such as NBC's The Office, CBS's Worst Week, and the CW's Everybody Hates Chris. He keeps his comedy skills sharp by performing in over fifty sketches for both The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Brian is no stranger to wholesome family projects having acted in Nickelodeon's Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide as well as Disney's Einstein Pals and Hannah Montana.

CARL MARINO (Chad Parker)

Carl Marino was born and raised in NY where he was a police officer for 17 years. Prior to that he went to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He moved to the Bay area just over two years ago. As an accomplished model in both California and New York, he has excelled in all types, including print, catalog, runway, etc., and has been featured in several global modeling campaigns. He made his big screen debut in the soon to be released feature Sedona's Rule. Carl has been featured in everything from National commercials to Network Television to Feature Films. He portrayed Paramedic "Karl Sly" in every episode of NBC's former prime time show Trauma and has also been featured in several other shows for ABC, NBC, TNT, and the Discovery Channel. Carl was also cast in the feature films Bloodline and Contagion (which was directed by Steven Soderbergh). Recently, Carl just returned from filming in Los Angeles, where he landed the lead in the new Investigative Discovery (ID) fall flagship show Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda in which he portrays the title character "Lt. Joe Kenda" in the series.

AMIEE CONN (Alexis Warren)

Amiee Conn (Ah-me Kahn) was born and raised in the beautiful heart of wine country in Sonoma County and has been a part of music and theatre since she was a child. She most recently worked on the new HBO series Luck with Dustin Hoffman and is lead actress and Co-Producer in the award winning, sexy new comedy web series, "Lila, Long Distance". Early on, Amiee appeared in the lead roles on professional stage in Gypsy, The King and I, Evita and Beauty and the Beast. She made her television debut as "Concepcion" in The History Channel's "Conquest of America" mini-series. In 2006, Amiee was crowned Miss Sonoma County and then went on to graduate from the AMDA Conservatory for Musical Theatre and Film in Los Angeles. Amiee had a featured role in the film Bottle Shock, starring Bill Pullman, Chris Pine and Alan Rickman. In 2008, she appeared in the Divine Brown music video "Lay It on the Line". Recently, Amiee took part in an episode of The Kelsey Grammer & Bill Zucker Comedy Hour and had the pleasure of working with director Joel Zwick in Serrano: the New Musical.


A reformed stand-up comic, Laurie worked out in Harvey Lembeck's Comedy Improv Workshop for years with classmates Robin Williams, John Larroquette and John Ritter. While performing with improv groups, Laurie immersed herself in the history of those who came before her. The stories she uncovered led her to author several books, documentaries and TV specials, including The 20th Anniversary of the Mary Tyler Moore Show.  As a Hollywood historian, Laurie appears regularly on radio and televisionIn 2007, she made her film debut in a role written for her in Not Fade Away, starring Oscar™-nominee Shirley Knight.