Richard Tanner

Richard Tanner Small Parts Bio

RICHARD TANNER has Guest-Starred in dozens of primetime episodics, from THE GOLDEN GIRLS (in which he first came to the public’s attention as “Young Stan”) to his recurring role on CBS’ THE AGENCY.  Other notable appearances include THE WEST WING , JAG, MONK and STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE.  Some less notable appearances include the direct-to-DVD films BUDZ HOUSE, STONERVILLE (opposite the late, great Leslie Nielsen) and C’MON MAN, opposite Chris Rock’s brother, Tony.  Forthcoming features include SPANNERS, THE ADVOCATE, and ODD BRODSKY, in which he plays… Quentin Tarantino(!?)

A native New Yorker and Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Cornell, Richard toured the NYC cabaret circuit with his songwriting partner, Stephen Flaherty (RAGTIME, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL).  Subsequently, he worked extensively with improv and sketch groups on both coasts.   Thespianically (?), he appeared in the West Coast premiere of JOINED AT THE HEAD at the Pasadena Playhouse, was an original cast member/co-creator of the long running Off-Broadway hit, GRANDMA SYLVIA’S FUNERAL, and portrayed both Eddie Cantor and Dean Martin in the Los Angeles workshop of the original musical, SAMMY!, directed by Debbie Allen.

He is a member of L.A.’s oldest storytelling collective, The Story Salon, and regularly performs his original stories at such events as “Pinata” at the Bang Comedy Theatre, “Wordplay” at the Fake Theatre, and “Tasty Words” at Every Picture Tells a Story.  He’s the founder of The Drama Club, a play-reading salon, and author of the play, MYSTERIES OF THE RAINFOREST, which was workshopped with late Estelle Getty, and subsequently under the sponsorship of Michael Patrick King (SEX IN THE CITY).

In his spare time (besides dropping names) he’s written for such publications as Esquire, The Village Voice, and The N.Y Daily News , and has completed the requisite number of unproduced screenplays, as per California Civil Code, section 38-41.

SMALL PARTS will be his first – and quite possibly only – one-person show.

Jim Fall

Jim Fall Director of Small Parts the Show

Jim Fall began his feature film career directing the acclaimed independent feature Trick, starring Tori Spelling, Christian Campbell, and J.P. Pitoc, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival in Dramatic Competition to great success. Trick was acquired by Fine Line Features and released in the summer of 1999. It was Fine Line’s highest-grossing film of that year, and went on to be successfully released in many other countries all over the world by Good Machine International.

Jim’s studio directing debut, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, was released nationwide from Walt Disney Pictures in 2003. The movie opened second to Xmen the week of its release, made back its budget of $17 million over its first weekend, and went on to make $42 million domestically and 70 million on DVD. The film is a big-screen adaptation of the hit Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire, starring Teen Queen Hilary Duff.

Jim’s TV credits include episodes of So NoTORIous, VH1′s scripted comedy starring Tori Spelling and Zachary Quinto, and Grosse Pointe, the Darren Star produced comedy series that has since become a cult favorite on DVD. Jim also directed the A&E feature Wedding Wars, starring John Stamos and James Brolin, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Jim is currently in development on a feature he’s written titled Dorothy On The Rocks, based on the novel by Barbara Suter. Anne Carey (The Savages, Adventureland) and Amy Robinson (After Hours, Julie & Julia) are producing, and Marisa Tomei is attached to play the lead.

In 2011 he co-wrote and directed a feature for Hallmark titled Holiday Engagement, starring Shelley Long, Bonnie Somerville, Jordan Bridges and Haylie Duff.  Holiday Engagement became Hallmark’s highest rated movie in their history on a Sunday night with 5.4 million viewers.

Jim just wrapped a new feature film for MarVista titled: Holly’s Holiday, starring Claire Coffee, Ryan McPartlin and Jeff Ward. Look for it on Lifetime this holiday season.

He attended Temple University, followed by NYU’s film school and also received a film scholarship from The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts.

www.jimfallfilms.com

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