Jill Whelan‘s love of theatre began at age seven when a summer musical theatre program introduced her to acting. After sending her own school picture to a San Francisco Talent Agency, she did a number of national commercials and, at the age of 10, starred in her first drama TV series, Aaron Spelling’s Friends on ABC.
That same year, she filmed the classic comedy film, Airplane, and guested on The Love Boat playing Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter. The guest character proved to be so popular with viewers, that Aaron personally called 11 year old Jill, and told her he she was to become a permanent cast member.
The Love Boat ran for 10 years on ABC and afforded her the opportunity to work with hundreds of legendary performers including Frank Sinatra, Carol Channing, and Ethel Merman. Through that time she hosted many ‘Variety Club’ telethons to benefit children with prosthetic limbs. For the telethons, she toured and sang/performed with Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli. In 1987, Jill was directed by the legendary Martin Sheen in the Emmy award-winning movie of the week, Babies Having Babies.
Through the 1980s, Jill worked with Nancy Reagan as her national spokesperson for the Just Say No! anti drug campaign. Jill has sung at the White House for two presidential administrations (Reagan and George Bush Sr). After The Love Boat ended, Jill attended college in England at Guildford studying English literature.
After her studies at Guildford, Jill moved to New York to do theater and performed in several off-Broadway productions. Feeling it was important to learn the “other side” of the business, Jill started a career as a producer at Madison Square Garden, where she produced live events including the MTV Birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, the ESPY Awards, Harry Connick Live, and many more.
When her firstborn child, Harrison, was three, Jill landed a role on the daytime soap The Young and the Restless, but realized that with a new child she needed to find a job with more stable work hours. A lifelong fan of news and headlines, she began working at KCOP News in Los Angeles as an assignment desk assistant, and worked her way up to an investigative producer. After four years, Jill decided to leave after their news became ‘infotainment’.
Jill moved back to the Delaware River Valley where she gave birth to her second child, Grant, in 2005. During this time, Jill also formed a successful acting studio for children and adults in Bucks County and Philadelphia where she taught improv comedy, scene study, film, television and commercial acting.
Jill has co-hosted two popular podcasts, The Venus Diaries, and then in 2012, joined forces with Brian Phelps, of KLOS’ popular The Mark & Brian Show, to form The Brian and Jill Show, which debuted at number one on iTunes.
Recently returning to her acting and singing career, she created a one-woman cabaret show, Jill Whelan: An Evening in Dry Dock, which she performed off-Broadway, and internationally. She’ll be touring the show in 2015 including a week on the RSVP Gay Cruise Line on Valentine’s Day week, where she’ll be the celebrity cohost along with Kathy Najimy.
She recently starred in the Christmas television movie, A Christmas Tree Miracle on Up TV, and the indie horror film, 6 Degrees of Hell.
In 2014, she and the cast of The Love Boat christened the Princess Cruise Lines for their 40th Anniversary in an all star celebration. The cast will also reunite for the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade on New Years Day.
Frank Cronin is an Irish born and raised comedian, actor, writer, producer and ex-Irish army officer who first achieved national acclaim for his humorous adventure sketch videos on his YouTube channel ‘GlowPunk’. In 2012 Frank won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the WAFF Awards in Ireland, and received an ‘Honorary Headcase Award’ in 2013. Frank was also nominated for an ‘Outsider – Person of the Year Award’ in 2013 for his documentary series about living in a tent for his entire final year of university. In 2014 Frank began opening for National Headliners and is currently studying at the Stella Adler School of Acting and writing, producing and starring in the hit Irish comedy series ‘The Boys’. Frank has made numerous TV appearances in Ireland and is currently working with SNL alumni on beyondthecomics.com.
Gorgeous and talented NAACP Image Award nominated actress Kiki Haynes reprises her role as the hilarious “Keisha Jones” on Tyler Perry’s hit dramedy series “For Better Or Worse” airing new episodes every FRIDAY night at 9/8c on OWN. The series, which is based on Perry’s 2007 film WHY DID I GET MARRIED? and its 2010 sequel WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? centers on three couples who are at various stages in their relationships and follows their journeys as they go through the ups-and-downs of married life. Haynes portrayal of “Keisha Jones,” sees her as a single mother and ex-girlfriend to “Marcus Williams” (Michael Jai White) and the newlywed to “Richard Ellington” (Kent Faulcon).
Later this year Haynes stars in the mystery MESSAGE FROM A MISTRESS and romantic comedy MY FIRST LOVE. In MESSAGE FROM A MISTRESS, Haynes plays Renee who is the wife to Jackson (Mckinley Freeman), a mother of two and CEO of a fortune 500 company who unfortunately discovers her husband is involved a possible affair. In MY FIRST LOVE, Haynes portrays savvy, sexy, investment broker “Kareena” who, unlike her portrayal in MESSAGE FROM A MISTRESS, is the available “other woman” who becomes faced with the decision whether to capitalize on her romantic crush with long time co-worker, “Omar” (Pooch Hall) once he tells her of his decision to file for a divorce.
Haynes also stars in the recently released comedy stage play adapted for film, LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH based upon three sisters following their dreams by making life altering decisions and not letting any man stand in their way. The Wright sisters soon discover success doesn’t come without a price. Haynes tackles the role of “Miki”, the diva of the three who is determined to take a shot at fame, but may be jeopardizing her relationship in the act.
The New Jersey native is the daughter of lead singer of the “The Lengendary Escorts”, Reginald Haynes, and writer, Oona’o Haynes, a member of the (NABJ) National Association of Black Journalists and Spoken Word Artist. As a junior high student, Haynes put on a performance that won her trip to visit the set of “The Cosby Show” where she met Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Malcolm Jamal Warner and the rest of the cast. It was during that trip she knew acting was what she was destined to do.
After watching both of her supportive parents on stage her whole life and attending a performing arts high school majoring in drama, Haynes decided she wanted to see how things worked behind the camera. She attended college for communications eventually interning for “The Ricky Lake Show.” Her first acting job was a small part in Spike Lee’s BAMBOOZLED, alongside Damon Wayans and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Since then Haynes has made a number of big screen appearances including but not limited to memorable roles in NORA’S HAIR SALON, RESTRAINING ORDER, REDEMPTION OF A dog and more.
Born and raised around New York City, Williams began the pursuit of his acting career straight out of high school. Concerned about having a backup plan, he applied himself to the course study of Music Business at New York University but left NYU only after a semester to focus on his acting career goals full time. After booking several national commercial and voice over spots, he made his film debut starring opposite Kerry Washington in the critically acclaimed feature LIFT (2001).
Williams went on to book a handful of roles while in New York, including appearances on “Law & Order: SVU” [NBC] and a recurring role on “Third Watch” [NBC]. He also went on to book his first series regular role starring opposite Michael Madsen in the highly praised ESPN original series “Tilt”. Soon after wrapping “Tilt”, Williams made the move to Los Angeles and hit the ground running, securing numerous guest leads on shows such as “CSI: Miami”, “CSI” [both for CBS], and “The Game” [CW]. On the film front, he landed another lead role starring opposite Kevin Hart, Anthony Anderson, and Laz Alonso in THE LAST STAND.
In 2008, Williams procured his second series regular role on USA Network’s hit series “In Plain Sight”. He spent two seasons starring as “Robert Dershowitz”, a Detective aiding the U.S. Marshals, working in the witness protection program [opposite Mary McCormack]. In 2011 Williams landed his third series regular role on the critically acclaimed show “The Chicago Code” for FOX. The series followed officers of the Chicago Police Department as they fought crime on the streets, and worked to expose political corruption in the city. Williams was a scene stealer as young and ambitious officer “Isaac Joiner”.
Aside from his work on screen, Williams is passionate about health, wellness, nutrition, and fitness. When he is not on set you can find him working out, studying the latest and greatest in healthy recipes, eating those recipes, and spending time with his family. Williams currently lives in the Los Angeles area.