Julie Cobb (Gracie) Julie was born into a theatrical family. Her mother was the renowned Yiddish stage and film actress Helen Beverley and her father was the Oscar nominated actor Lee J. Cobb. Her grandparents on her mother’s side were also performers and theater owners. Involved in theater at Beverly Hills High School and following her acting studies to San Francisco State University, Julie left college to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. She has appeared in over seventy television programs in her forty-year career. She’s remembered as Jill Pembroke on the CBS series Charles in Charge and has had recurring roles in Knot’s Landing, Family Ties, Magnum P.I., Hearts Afire, Judging Amy and others. At Company of Angels Theater she was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for her performance as Maggie in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall and won the same honor in addition to the Dramalogue Award for her direction of Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose. Julie is also a published writer. Her column, The Path, appeared in the magazine journal Country Connections for several years. Trained and certified by Coaches Training Institute, she worked with clients for seven years, helping them realize their most productive selves. She has raised a daughter, Rosemary Morgan, who continued in the family business as an actress before becoming an attorney, practicing in New York. Julie lives in Los Angeles. Night Vet, which she wrote and directed, won best short at Lady Filmmakers Festival.
Television: SUPERMARKET SWEEP (14 years), TRUE BLOOD, DREW CAREY, FAMILY MATTERS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (2 years), FAMILY LAW, THE 70’s, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, WORKING, MARRIED… w/CHILDREN, FULL HOUSE, THREE’S COMPANY (recurring), DOOGIE HOWSER, SISTERS, MATLOCK, MOONLIGHTING, ST ELSEWHERE, TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, SIMON & SIMON and FAME.
Opening Cast (Weeks 1-2)
Kathy Garver (Gracie). Most fondly remembered for her starring role as “Cissy” in the long-running CBS international television hit, Family Affair, Kathy Garver has also garnered critical acclaim in movies, stage, radio, voice-over animation, and audio book narration.
In addition to Family Affair, Ms. Garver has appeared in such iconic television series as The Patty Duke Show, The Rifleman, Big Valley, Adam 12, Nash Bridges, Matlock and more. Two of her earliest roles, as a child, were in the movies The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston and Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum and Shelly Winters. During her teenage years, she added radio and stage to her burgeoning film and television career.
Today, Kathy is an accomplished and versatile actress, appearing in such films as Sweet November, The Princess Diaries and Mom Murder and Me along with made-for-television movies such as F.B.I. Murders and Hercules Saves Christmas with guest-star roles on many TV series. She has starred in a slew of stage productions including The Glass Menagerie, Vanities, Love Letters, Absolutely Dead and the musicals Summer Magic and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as “Aunt Polly.”
She is delighted to be working with the talented writer and director of Dinner at Five Lloyd Schwartz and crew as well as her gifted and accomplished cohorts and peers in this hilarious new comedy that she thinks reflects so much of her own life!
More information about Kathy is available at www.KathyGarver.com, Wikipedia, IMDB, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Larry grew up dreaming of being on the big or small screen. Not having any entertainment types in the family Larry kept these fantasies to himself until at the age of twenty-one, while majoring in journalism in jr. college, Larry met a girl. Finding himself striking out he asked her what classes she was taking. The answer was theatre classes. Enrolling in a bunch of theatre classes in a pitiful attempt to get a date Larry fell in love with acting and the rest as they say is….
As successful as Christopher may have been as an actor his primary interest lay with science and how things work. Upon growing into adulthood Christopher would take a break from his acting career to attend UCLA and the study of Geology and how the earth worked. Upon squaring that away, Christopher was compelled back into show business by one of the many re-incarnations of the Brady’s. Ever since the back and forth dynamic of life inside and outside of show business has been a hallmark of Christopher’s life.
While maintaining an eye on his business interests, Christopher makes time for his acting career. Over the past several years Christopher has starred as a game show host on the nationally syndicated “Trivial Pursuit America Plays;” as celebrity star/contestant on CBS prime time “Celebrity Circus;” host and star of Michigan Lottery’s Make Me Rich,” the world richest game show; and most recently as star of the highly regarded and critically acclaimed “Heartbreaks” on Investigation Discovery. In addition, Christopher gives liberally of what time he has to many charities.
In his free-time you’ll find Christopher home at the beach in Southern California, enjoying a glass of Zin with his extraordinary wife Cara as they entertain their two talking cats and of course, saying ‘pork chops and applesauce” in response to daily requests!
Behind The Curtain
Lloyd J. Schwartz (Author and Director). Though a prolific writer/producer in TV and movies (BRADY BUNCH, GILLIGAN’S ISLAND, etc. etc.), Lloyd is proudest of his accomplishments in theatre. Beginning with his co-authorship of THE NEARLYWEDS (the first play specifically written for dinner theatre) he has written and/or directed a wide range of plays…everything from the one-man drama AN EVENING WITH JOHN WILKLES BOOTH to the musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPRY to CLASSIC COUPLES COUNSELING (a play about Shakespearean couples in therapy) to GILLIGAN’S ISLAND: THE MUSICAL and A VERY BRADY MUSICAL. Lloyd and his wife Barbara founded and are artistic directors of THE STORYBOOK THEATRE OF LOS ANGELES which has presented musical plays for children for the last thirty-five years. Lloyd has written and/or directed all eighteen of their shows. In 2017, Lloyd’s musical THE BABIES had a very successful Off Broadway run. This past summer, his play AN EVENING WITH JOHN WILKES BOOTH won the producer’s award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and shortly will begin a national tour as will INDEPENDENCE, a one woman show about Dr. Mary Walker, which Lloyd wrote and directed.