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Meet Brett

Brett Cullen Baby photoBrett is an accomplished film, television and theater actor. He grew up in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Houston, where he met one of his greatest acting influences, Cecil Pickett. Brett was a competitive fencer at the University of Houston and spent four seasons with the prestigious Houston Shakespeare Festival. After graduating from U of H in the late seventies, Brett almost attended Asolo Theatre, State Theatre of Florida to obtain his masters degree and work as a member of the company while focusing on stage fighting, stage combat and dialects. However, he ended up heading west to Los Angeles instead, where he landed his first television series, “The Chisholms.” You can see his fencing skills in the movie “By the Sword” with Eric Roberts, as well as in the “Legacy” episode “Just Kissed.”

In 1983, he was cast as Bob Cleary in the blockbuster miniseries “The Thorn Birds.” That role was soon followed by another miniseries, “Eureka Stockade.” In 1986 he starred in the prime time soap opera “Falcon Crest” and then later played a season as Marshal Sam Cain on “The Young Riders.”

Brett has enjoyed a successful career, starring in such films as “Apollo 13,” “Something to Talk About,” “The Killing Jar,” “Courage Under Fire,” “The Hired Heart” Tom Hanks’ HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon,” and the television series, “Legacy.” Part of Brett’s stage credits include “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” “Macbeth,” “Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Hamlet,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “Little Foxes,” “The Tempest,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Two-Thing Circus.”

Brett has attended acting workshops with Gerald Freeman, Bobby Lewis, Vinette Carroll, Peter Brook Acting Company, The Acting Company, and Royal Shakespeare Company and is a member of the Writers’ Guild.

Brett also sang backup on singer Meat Loaf’s song, “Life is a Lemon (and I want my money back)” from the album “Bat Out of Hell II.”

What Does He Prefer?

Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Letterman or Leno: Letterman
Books or Magazines: Books
Best-Sellers or Classics: Classics
Salon or Barber Shop: Salon
Treadmill or Stair Stepper: Stair Stepper
Lennon or McCartney: Lennon
Rocker or Recliner: Recliner
Rocky Road or Vanilla Bean: Vanilla Bean
White Meat or Dark Meat: White Meat
Boxers or Briefs: Neither
Dinner Party or Keg Party: Dinner Party
Planned or Spontaneous: Spontaneous
Electric or Acoustic: Both
Stuffing or Potatoes: Potatoes
Night Person or Morning Person: Night Person
Bonanza or Big Valley: Both
Wonder Woman or Cat Woman: Cat Woman
Spicy or Mild: Spicy
Self-Improvement or Home-Improvement: Self-Improvement

Inside the Actor’s Studio Questions:

What is your favorite word? — Tenacity
What is your least favorite word? — No
What turns you on? — My wife
What turns you off? — Liars
What sound do you love? — Waves breaking on the ocean
What sound do you hate? — Too much noise
What is your favorite curse word or phrase? — (Don’t make me) “Open up a six-pack of Whoop Ass”
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? — Professional golfer
What profession would you not like to participate in? — Law
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? — Good job!

Word Association:

Spider: Crawl
Calculus: Hate
Sex: Incredible
Traffic: Drag
Perfect: Impossible
Ocean: Surf
Computers: F–K!