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Last Updated: 15 April 2003

Sci-Fi airing The Sentinel at 10:00am Monday - Friday

24 premieres on France's national TV, Chanel TF 1 and airing in Switzerland; interview with Richard in TV8 magazine announces Swiss launch

HarperCollins publishes new book on "24" -- Richard's Kevin Carroll gets several mentions

Watch for Richard's most recent "District" episode when "Good-bye, Jenny" repeats

Remember to catch Richard on CSI when "High and Low" repeats

Look for Richard when Judging Amy repeats "People of the Lie," and "The Best Interests of the Child"

Richard's unaired episode of Firefly identified -- "The Message;" FOX to release Firefly on DVD

Richard heads for Canada and a role in the sci-fi film "Decoys"

Richard films role in new WB comedy pilot, Trash

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"Wheelmen" presented to the general public at Pasadena morning matinee

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[15 Apr 03]  *** Light at the end of the tunnel for UK Burgi fans on SciFi Channel ***  The UK's SciFi Channel holds broadcast rights to The Sentinel and will eventually broadcast it in the UK, though no launch date has been mentioned as yet.

(Thanks to Gwen for the UK SciFi news)

*** UPDATE: Sci-Fi Channel now airing The Sentinel weekdays at 10:00am ET *** Keep up with Richard as Jim Ellison now that The Sentinel is in an earlier spot on the Sci-Fi schedule, airing Monday to Friday at 10:00am ET/PT.

Richard Burgi as The Sentinel, Jim Ellison
Current Sentinel schedule:
April 1st - 4th
01 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Dead End on Blank Street"
02 Apr -- 10:00am -- "The Waiting Room"
03 Apr -- 10:00am -- "The Real Deal"
04 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Most Wanted"
April 7th - 11th
07 Apr -- 10:00am -- "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg"
08 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Switchman (Pilot)"
09 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Siege"
10 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Killers"
11 Apr -- 10:00am -- "the Debt"
April 14th - 18th
14 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Cypher"
15 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Night Train"
16 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Rogue"
17 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Love and Guns"
18 Apr -- 10:00pm -- "Attraction"
April 21st - 25th
21 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Vow of Silence"
22 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Out of the Past"
23 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Flight"
24 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Reunion"
25 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Deep Water"
April 28th - May 2nd
28 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Payback"
29 Apr -- 10:00am -- "True Crime"
30 Apr -- 10:00am -- "Ice Man"
01 May -- 10:00am -- "The Rig"
02 May -- 10:00pm -- "Spare Parts"
May 5th - 9th
05 May -- 10:00am -- "Second Chance"
06 May -- 10:00am -- "Black or White"
07 May -- 10:00am -- "Blind Man's Bluff"
08 May -- 10:00am -- "Hear No Evil"
09 May -- 10:00am -- "Light My Fire"
May 12th - 16th
12 May -- 10:00am -- "Secret"
13 May -- 10:00am -- "Dead Drop"
14 May -- 10:00am -- "Red Dust"
15 May -- 10:00am -- "Smart Alec"
16 May -- 10:00pm -- "Private Eyes"
May 19th - 22nd
19 May -- 10:00am -- "Disappearing Act"
20 May -- 10:00am -- "Pennies from Heaven"
21 May -- 10:00am -- "Survival"
22 May -- 10:00am -- "His Brother's Keeper"
May 27th - 30th
27 May -- 10:00am -- "Sleeping Beauty"
28 May -- 10:00am -- "Warriors"
29 May -- 10:00am -- "Three Point Shot"
30 May -- 10:00am -- "The Girl Next Door"
June 2nd - 6th
02 Jun -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
03 Jun -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
04 Jun -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
05 Jun -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
06 Jun -- 10:00am -- "TBA"

Visit the Sci-Fi Channel website for further details ( ) and remember to check your local listings to confirm times and dates.

(Thanks to Deborah for the Sci-Fi info, and to Steffi and Starfox for the images)

[15 Apr 03] *** Watch for Richard's episode of Just Shoot Me in off-Primetime syndicated broadcasts *** Richard's episode of Just Shoot Me, "Mum's The Word," is airing in some South Florida markets this coming Tuesday, April 22nd at 1:00am (late Monday night or early Tuesday morning). Check your local listings for Just Shoot Me -- Richard's episode may be airing in your locale as well.
Richard in Just Shoot Me
Richard plays Robert Gallatin, action-adventure hero of the television show "The Nomad," which just happens to be doing a location shoot in front of the "Blush" office building. Robert runs into Nina (Wendie Malick) Van Horne and romance begins to blossom. Unfortunately, there's a fly in Cupid's ointment -- Robert's overbearing mother, Lillian (Eve Brenner), who quickly reveals her claws and fangs to Nina. Nina demands that Robert choose between them, and for a short while, it looks like Lillian has been sent packing. Robert catches sight of his mother's shawl and begins to fret, becoming increasingly distraught until he flings himself at the door, where he finds Lillian loitering in the hall. He drops to his knees and wraps the diminutive matriarch in his arms, crying out "Never, never, never, never leave me again!"

[15 Apr 03]  *** French fans get to enjoy Richard's role in 24 all over again -- 24 launches April 2nd on French national TV, Chanel TF 1 ***  24 -- or "24 Heures Chrono" as it is known in French-language markets -- premiered on "free" television on Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:45pm. We are assuming a continuing Wednesday timeslot.

(Thanks to Sylvette for the update)

*** First season of 24 launches in Switzerland on French-language Television Suisse Romande -- Thursdays, starting on March 6th. ***  According to TV8, the TV guide for French-speaking Switzerland, the first season of 24 will launch this Thursday in its first European non-pay TV broadcast. TV8 interviewed Richard for an article announcing the launch.

Richard Burgi as Alan York/Kevin Carroll in 24

"I adored breaking my image!" - Richard Burgi

Richard in Swiss TV Guide articleHaving the looks of a poster boy for seduction and charm, Richard Burgi could easily have remained his whole life in soap operas like Days of our Lives, where he played the character of Phillip Collier. That would be misjudging the this actor who likes to play with his image. That's why, after being Detective James Ellison, the well known hero fighting for justice in The Sentinel, he has played various parts in sitcoms like Seinfeld, Veronica's Closet or in a hilarious episode of Just Shoot Me, recently seen on TSR [the Swiss French-speaking channel - ed].  In 24 Hours Chrono, he surprises us by playing yet another type of chaacter, the mysterious Alan York.

What did particularly interest you in this role?
Before 24 Hours, I always played the "good guy." With this many-faced character, I enjoyed breaking the image people might have had of me.

In the first episode of the series, all we know about Alan York, is that he is worried about his daughter. Can you really not tell us a little bit more about him?
I could tell you what happens next, but then I would have to kill you! Those are the orders of the production to keep up the suspense.

Is that really important?
It's this amazing suspense that makes the success of the series. Up to the point that people like Spielberg asked for a video at the studio when they had unfortunately missed an episode. All the people I know are dependant; even my wife, who is rather an intellectual, that says everything...

After three seasons, the series The Sentinel was suddenly stopped. Why?
There had been a problem between the new direction of the network that was broadcasting the series and the producers. The Sentinel didn't survive it. I'm sorry about that, but that chapter is definitely closed.

Back in 1977, you spent six months in Switzerland, for your pleasure?
I lived in Lugano and traveled all over your country. My grandfather was Swiss and I have family in Lucerne and Winterthour; it was kind of going back to the roots.

Interview by Isabelle Rovero ( )
TV8, 1-7 March 2003, published in Switzerland

(Thanks to Madeleine Viviani for the article scan and translation)

New book on 24 features Richard's Kevin Carroll [15 Apr 03] *** Richard's nefarious ne'er do well, Kevin Carroll, featured in new book on "24" *** -- Published by HarperCollins and written by Marc Cerasini, "24: The House Special Subcommittee's Findings at CTU" mentions Richard's Kevin Carrol in several places, in addition to an actual biography and photo of the character. (Alas, poor Kevin -- an unscrupulous ex-DEA agent -- left two sons and an ex-wife to mourn his demise).

The book is not a "production of..." themed piece; rather, it is set in the world of 24 and expands upon and fleshes out background points and characters introduced in the series.

The book is available online at, and can also be found at retail booksellers, including Wal Mart, where it has been found selling at $11.97.

(Thanks to Bloodmarq and to Danny for the information)

[15 Apr 03]  *** Keep an eye out for Richard when CBS repeats "Good-bye, Jenny," the second of Richard's 2002-03 episodes (Saturdays at 9:00pm ET/PT)*** Richard's most recent episode of The District aired initially on Saturday, January 18th. Titled "Good-bye, Jenny," it is his ninth episode so far of the hit CBS drama. The TV Guide online description (available at http://www/ ) reads as follows:
Richard's Captain Hunter bedevils Nancy Parras and Temple Page
"A half-million dollars worth of cocaine, which is key evidence in a murder, disappears from the evidence warehouse after Nancy turns it in; Mannion comforts a friend (Lanai Chapman) who is dying of AIDS; and Ella saves a man's life after a near-fatal fall, but he then sues her, claiming her efforts led to his paralysis. Also: Temple doesn't know what to do when an aggressive woman in the gun lab comes on to him."

Richard's Captain Vincent Hunter becomes involved when it becomes evident that the evidence tampering was an inside job. As Officer Nancy Parras (Elizabeth Marvel) was the last person on record to have handled the cocaine, she becomes Hunter's initial focus.

In the "small, small world" category, one of Richard's "Johnny on the Spot" costars -- Helen Cates -- also appears in this episode of The District, playing ballistics expert Carol Bodine.

No word so far as to whether Richard will be in any additional 2002-03 season episodes of The District, though at this point, iit is unlikely, as the show will soon be wrapping production until the Fall..

** French fans, look for Richard every Sunday at 3:30pm on Channel 2 ** The District recently joined the lineup on France's Channel 2, where it is known as "Washington Police."

For a complete listing of Richard's District episodes, visit our District Guide page.

(Thanks to Erin for the images)

[15 Apr 03]  *** Remember to catch Richard's guest spot on the hit CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation  when the show repeats -- CSI airs Thursdays at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS ***
Richard Burgi as Rick Weston in High and Low
Richard joined the cast of the popular crime drama for "High and Low," in which he plays a suspect in one of the apparent murders under investigation by Gil Grissom (William L. Petersen) and his crack team of Las Vegas forensic investigators.

Richard plays paragliding instructor Rick Weston in "High and Low," and is a suspect in the death of a hotshot paraglider named Jimmy -- a fellow Weston disapproves of, saying he "lacks discipline."

If you missed Richard on CSI, the episode will air again in reruns as the season progresses. Remember to check your local listings to confirm time and channel!

(Thanks to Deborah for the CSI heads-up, and to MJ and Erin for the images)

[15 Apr 03]  *** Remember to catch Richard's 2002-03 episodes when Judging Amy repeats "People of the Lie," and "The Best Interests of the Child" -- Tuesdays at 10:00pm ET on CBS *** Richard's Michael Cassidy returned to bedevil his ex, Judge Amy Gray, in a series of episodes revolving around an escalating battle for custody of their daughter, Lauren (Karle Warren).
Richard as Michael Cassidy in The Best Interests of the Child
Richard's latest episode of Judging Amy, titled "The Best Interests of the Child," brought the custody dispute between Amy Gray and her ex-husband, Michael Cassidy to its inevitable climax. The TV Guide online listing has this to say:

"Amy (Amy Brenneman) is prepared for the worst as the bitter battle for custody of Lauren (Karle Warren) finally nears an end.

Among the first to testify at the hearing is Lauren's father, Michael (Richard Burgi), who serves his own self-interests by effectively arguing that his ex has demonstrated a lack of parenting skills in the past year. To improve her client's chances of winning, Amy's lawyer (Caroline McWilliams) advises putting the 10-year-old on the stand to say she wants to live with her mother -- an idea Amy adamantly opposes. Meanwhile, Maxine continues to rationalize that keeping her distance from Eric before her former charge stands trial for murder is in his best interest."

This most recent episode is Richard's fifth so far of the popular CBS drama. His previous episode of Judging Amy, titled "People of the Lie," took Michael and Amy (Amy Brenneman) further down the road towards a messy custody battle for their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren). Interestingly, another of Richard's "Johnny on the Spot" costars also appeared in this episode -- Miriam Flynn played the part of Amy's new interior decorator, "Winky."

Richard officially returned to Judging Amy  as Michael Cassidy in the Fall 2002 season premiere, "Lost in the System," which aired on October 1st. The TV Guide description is excerpted below:

"The drama's fourth season picks up where it left off last spring, with Judge Amy Gray (Amy Brenneman) in the middle of a messy custody battle. Amy is hot under the collar about having to attend mediation sessions with her ex-husband, Michael (Richard Burgi), to whom she is unwilling to surrender their daughter, Lauren."
Richard as Michael Cassidy in Judging Amy
According to the August 27, 2002 issue of Soap Opera Weekly (pg.13), Richard's character, Michael, is to figure prominently in the Fall 2002 season. "Amy's ex, Michael, who is not pleased with Amy's new living arrangements, follows through on his threats to fight for custody of their daughter, Lauren. 'The custody battle between them is going to be an ongoing thing this season,' reveals [head writer Barbara] Hall."

To learn more about Judging Amy, visit the show's homepage at the CBS website:

Don't forget to use the CBS site's feedback option to tell them how much you enjoyed seeing Richard on Judging Amy, and how much you look forward to seeing more of him in the role of Michael Cassidy this season!

Richard's episodes so far:

  • "The Justice League of America" (episode 3.18) aired 26 Mar 02
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" (episode 3.23) aired 14 May 02
  • "Lost in the System" (episode 4.01) aired 01 Oct 02
  • "People of the Lie" (episode 4.10) aired 10 Dec 02
  • "The Best Interests of the Child" (episode 4.13) aired 21 Jan 03
Richard's first appearance in the popular CBS series was in the episode "The Justice League of America," (26 Mar 02) which reintroduced viewers to Michael Cassidy. (The role has been played in previous seasons by John Slattery, who was apparently unavailable due to his current commitment to the series "Ed"). Filmed in early April, the May 14th episode brought Richard's recurring Judging Amy appearances to two, with additional appearances as Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Gray's ex-husband Michael Cassidy likely in the Fall 2002 season.

Judging Amy is currently airing on Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT.

According to the CBS website,  "'Judging Amy' is a drama starring Amy Brenneman ('NYPD Blue') as a single mother who has left New York behind and become a family court judge in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently divorced and raising her young daughter Lauren (Karle Warren), Judge Amy Gray has moved in with her very opinionated mother, Maxine (Tyne Daly) ; re-established a friendship with her free-spirited brother, Vincent (Dan Futterman); her older brother, Peter (Marcus Giamatti), and his wife, Gillian (Jessica Tuck), and is continuing to make her fresh start work. Assisting Amy in the courtroom are her court services officer, Bruce Van Exel (Richard T. Jones) and her overeager court clerk, Donna Kozlowski-Pant (Jillian Armenante). 'Judging Amy,' based on the real-life story of Brenneman's mother, is about three generations of women living together as they confront the personal and professional dilemmas in their changing challenging lives."

(Thanks to Deborah for the heads-up on Richard's JA episodes, and to Erin and Becky for the images)

[15 Apr 03] *** Firefly update *** -- According to a recent article by Robert Bianco in the USA Today Print Edition, FOX plans to release Firefly on DVD, in wide-screen format, this coming December. Presumably this will be in the form of a boxed set, as there are only fifteen episodes, including the three final unaired shows. This may be the fastest way for North American viewers to see Richard's episode, "The Message," as the broadcast/syndication future of Firefly is still uncertain.

Speaking of Firefly and syndication -- viewers in the UK will be the first Burgi fans to see Richard in "The Message," as the UK's SciFi Channel currently holds broadcast rights to Firefly and will begin airing the show in May 2003.

(Thanks to Haken at for the DVD info, and to Gwen for the SciFi UK news)
Firefly cast promo photos [15 Apr 03] *** Richard's episode of canceled FOX series Firefly confirmed *** After conferring with Richard, and researching with the folks at, we have been able to identify Richard's episode of the Western-flavored science fiction series from Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Richard's episode is "The Message," presumed production number 1AGE13. Written by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear, and filmed in mid-December, "The Message" was one of the last of 15 episodes ordered by FOX. According to a brief description of the episode, "the crew must deliver the corpse of an old war comrade home, but things are not as they seem."
Richard's character -- presumably the "old war comrade" -- was potentially a recurring role. 

Though the full batch of episodes ordered by FOX was produced, the show was declared on hiatus before all episodes could be aired. The as yet unaired episodes are "Heart of Gold," "Trash," and "The Message." FOX has announced it intends to air all remaining episodes of Firefly. 

For more information on Firefly and the ongoing campaign to get it back on the air, visit the FireflyFans website at

(Thanks to Richard, Haken, Kat, MJ, and Pam for information on Firefly)

[05 Mar 03] *** Richard lands role in new sci-fi movie "Decoys" *** Richard has joined the cast of the Matt Hastings-directed "Decoys," filming in Ottawa, Canada from March 3rd to April10th. At present, no word on Richard's character or his level of involvement in the story.

Initial online hunting has produced two detailed references; first up is, which has this to say of the project:

Sexy. Shapely. Deadly.
Finally! A bellybutton worth talking about!

Forget about the legions of girls wearing low-rider jeans and baring their navels in the name of fashion! It's a feature film like
no other - and Space: The Imagination Station is proud to be a part of it!

Decoys features the hottest women on this planet - or any other for that matter - with bellybuttons that are quite literally, to die for! It's outer space meets inner science, with a cast of gorgeous women, alien creatures and bellybuttons of all shapes and sizes! Not to be missed, Decoys will breaking out and taking over theatres in 2003!

Stay tuned for all the thrilling details surrounding this wildly-anticipated feature film! We'll be bringing you exclusive reports
from the set, complete with raw footage and behind-the-scenes information! It's sexy, it's campy, it's out of this
world, and it's coming to a theatre near you!
The spacecast site also includes links to further production information on "Decoys," including details on the casting process and preliminary artist's concepts for the otherworldly creatures.

The second reference is from The Ottawa Citizen, which has this to say of the film:

TV vets making feature film in Ottawa

Tony Lofaro
The Ottawa Citizen

Thursday, February 27, 2003

A former Baywatch star and a soap opera actor are joining the cast of a big-budgeted sci-fi thriller that begins filming Tuesday in Ottawa.

Nicole Eggert, who played Summer Quinn for two years on Baywatch, and Joe Lando, a series regular on One Life to Live who more recently played on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, are appearing in Decoys, a $5-million feature film that will be shooting at various locations in the city.

It's the second movie in six months that is being filmed in Ottawa after last year's drama Outrage, which starred Alexandra Paul, also a former Baywatch regular.

Decoys is expected to hit theatres this fall.

Director Matt Hastings describes the film as "American Pie meets Species," although it will also have a "sci-fi bent" to it and some humour. It's the story of two beautiful female aliens who come to earth and begin a series of strange events at a college campus during a very cold winter.

Snow is an important element in the film -- the aliens are from an ice planet and need cold weather to survive -- and the recent big snowfall has been a boon for the production, he said.

"I'd say almost half the movie will be shot outside," said Mr. Hastings, who's been in Ottawa for a month scouting locations.

"Not a lot of the features have been shot here, and there's so many beautiful locations in the city that we will be tapping into."

The University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, the Father and Sons restaurant on Osgoode Street, other locations in Sandy Hill and the Lees Avenue campus of Algonquin College are slated for use.

Ottawa actress Krista Morin has one of the principal roles in the film, playing the part of Vikki Vickers, the head sorority sister at the college. She said the sudden arrival of these film productions is a good sign for Ottawa actors who have had to go elsewhere for film auditions.

"Ottawa is more of a theatre-based town, so this is pretty exciting. Before, we used to go to Montreal for auditions and shoot
there. But the fact that they're coming here to us is great," said Ms. Morin, 23, who appeared in the movie Confessions of a
Dangerous Mind.
More information as and when we get it.

(Thanks toRichard Burgi for the heads up, and to Deborah for the data-mining on "Decoys")

[15 Feb 03] *** Richard films new pilot for the WB network *** -- Richard has a part in the new Chris Thompson-produced comedy Trash, a pilot for the WB network's Fall 2003 season, playing Bud Blue, father of a teenage daughter named Luna. The pilot episode filmed in late January as scheduled.

Trash is set in Antelope Valley, a community north of the Los Angeles metro area. Mac (Mike Erwin), 16 1/2, and his mother Lisa (Lisa Blount) move from Los Angeles to her home town, taking up residence in a trailer park. Mac's best friend is Gypsy (Samaire Armstrong), also 16. Gypsy's brother is considered the town bad boy. Naturally, they all live in the trailer park.

Mac gets a job mowing the lawn of the more well-to-do Blues and promptly falls for the lovely Luna (Pippi). Bud, it just so happens, has history with Mac's mother; he stood her up at the prom and ran off with -- and married -- some rich girl from the good side of town. Luna's mother -- and Mac's father -- are no longer in the picture. Naturally, Bud is less than thrilled to discover Mac's interest in his daughter and tries to warn him off.

The series is described by E! Entertainment TV's Kimberly Potts (TV Scoop) as "Romeo and Juliet set in a trailer park," and further described by Potts as "the early contender for what could either be the funniest new sitcom of next season or the worst, most offensive new sitcom of next season."

According to an article in the Hollywood Reporter, Trash "has been in development at the WB Network for two years" and is now going ahead to the pilot stage as a Regency Television and Sony Pictures Television production. Trash has been "described as a Coen brothers-style take on the 'Romeo and Juliet' tale," adds the Reporter.

(Thanks to Becky and Kat for the information on Trash)

Gift Certificate for RBFC membership [15 Feb 03] *** RBFC Membership Gift Certificates now available! *** Christmas may have come and gone, but not the RBFC Membership Gift Certificate program! Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, promotions -- any time you need a gift idea for a Richard Burgi aficionado, you need look no further than a year-long RBFC Membership.

Simply print out and fill in the RBFC signup form and mail it, along with your membership payment, to the RBFC in  care of Kathleen Cole. Current membership fees are as follows: 

US -- $20.00 check or MO, $21.00 PayPal 
Canada -- $25.00 check or MO, $26.25 PayPal 
International -- $30.00 check or MO, $31.75 PayPal 

Remember to make your check or Money Order payable to Kathleen Cole, not the RBFC (banking regulations). Our PayPal account lists under

(Thanks to Danny for the Gift Certificate)

[15 Apr 03] *** "Wheelmen" sneak preview screening for the general public in Pasadena, CA -- Monday, March 10th at 10:00am at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 ***  Director Dirk Hagen graciously invited the RBFC to the first public screening of "Wheelmen," which was held at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 at 673 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California  at 10:00 am on Monday, March 10th.

Tickets to the matinee showing cost $5.50 and were available at the theater box office. "Wheelmen" is 93 minutes in length.

(Thanks to Dirk Hagen for the information and the invitation)

[16 Feb 03] *** "Wheelmen" to be represented at the American Film Market for foreign territories; domestic distribution negotiations continue *** In addition to presentation at the AFM, which opens Wednesday, February 19th, "Wheelmen" will be screened for international buyers on Monday, February 24th at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway in Santa Monica.

In addition to its theatrical release format, "Wheelmen" has been video-formatted for eventual television and DVD release.

[15 Feb 03] *** "Wheelmen" still awaiting finalization of distribution arrangements; no word yet on revised release date *** "Wheelmen," which stars Richard Burgi as former hotshot ambulance driver Nick Torino, is currently awaiting a distribution deal. Once such a deal has been finalized, the movie's release format will be decided and a release date announced.
Richard at Wheelmen screening A cinema screening for potential distributors was held on Thursday, August 22nd 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Those invited to attend the screening picked up their tickets at a check-in table set up in front of the movie's trademark Lincoln stretch limousine and, after a chance to "meet and greet" the actors and director, enjoyed refreshments before the movie (and a reception afterwards). After a few introductory words by director Dirk Hagen, "Wheelmen" made its big-screen debut. 
*** Visit the "Wheelmen" official website *** -- The official website for Richard's new movie, "Wheelmen," can be found at . The site is informative, interesting, and loaded with information on the film, the characters, the actors, and the production staff.
Richard and Wheelman castmates
Must see items include the gallery of photos (by photographer Jennifer B. Copp) and Quicktime movie clips -- Richard appears several times in both galleries. The Publicity and News pages have been updated and enhanced with both current and previous press releases, an image of the promotional "Wheelmen" poster, a photo and caption from Premiere magazine, and at least one newspaper article on the production. Photos from the August 22nd Arclight Theaters screening are the site's most recent addition.

The "Wheelmen" site includes a detailed press release (see excerpts from the press release, as well as other articles, on our "Wheelmen" page ), which provides a comprehensive guide to the film, characters, actors, and production staff, and a new press release announcing a cinema  screening of "Wheelmen" for potential distributors (below).

Wheelmen poster; get a bigger version at the Wheelmen site FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Henry Eshelman / Catherine Shin
Phone: 310.550.7776
Email: /

Indie Film Wraps 19 Day Shoot in Los Angeles and Seeking Distribution

LOS ANGELES, California, August 13, 2002. Wheelmen, a raucous limousine company comedy starring Richard Burgi, Michael Fairman, James Avery and Jason Kravits completed production in Los Angeles during a 19 day shoot and will be screened for distributors on August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex (6360 Sunset Blvd.). The film, directed by Dirk Hagen and produced by John Orland, is a Stretchpix, LLC production, Co-Produced by Lexi Alexander and Robert J. Ulrich , line producer on the production was Gary A. Lowe, production design by Robert E. Hummel, casting by Robert J. Ulrich, costume design by Emmy Taylor and Director of Photography, Don E. FauntLeRoy, A.S.C. and Editor Sherril Schlesinger.

NICK TORINO (Richard Burgi, Fox's "24" and CBS' "The District"), a former ambulance driver, is the acting patron of floundering Los Angeles limousine service, Venture Limousine. In his care are five other 'wheelmen': PAUL (Michael Fairman, "Dharma and Greg" and "The Practice"), a distinguished gentleman and twenty year vet of the limo world, VLADIMIR (Elya Baskin , Air Force One and Moscow On The Hudson), a Russian ex-bodyguard who's traded in his two pack a day cigarette habit for the strange icy goodness of Slurpees. KRISTEN (Lisa Arturo, American Pie II), a 'just one of the guys' sexy woman. RALPH (Adam Biesk, Flight of the Intruder and Meet The Applegates), a potted plant with a Class C license and ANDY COOPER (Greg Lee, "Xena Warrior Princess" and "Dark Angel"), a likeable, happy-go-lucky twenty something who lives every night like a Saturday night, waiting for "The Great Benefactor." Andy is convinced that BERNARD "BARNY" ALBERT TOMLINSON (Rainn Wilson , Almost Famous and Galaxy Quest) is "The Great Benefactor," until it is revealed that he is a paranoid Ex-Secret Service agent attempting to prevent a bizarre kidnapping attempt of the Vice President (James Avery, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"). Venture Limousine wheelmen have been assigned to the Vice President's motorcade unaware that they will become part of the plot to kidnap him.

As if putting up with his colleagues wasn't enough, Nick comes to work one day and discovers a little boy from his past named ARTHUR (Alexander Gould, Finding Nemo) waiting patiently for him in his office. After noticing several bruises on Arthur's neck, Nick drops the boy off at Social Services where he meets GWEN (Erin Daniels, One Hour Photo), a loving social worker assigned to Arthur's case. Things get complicated as Nick falls for Gwen, and little Arthur feels the rush of jealousy as he too has a crush on her.

[15 Apr 03] *** Write to Richard care of the RBFC! *** -- Richard has asked us to encourage anyone interested in sending cards or letters to him to use the RBFC mailing address, which is listed below.  This allows Richard to better handle his incoming mail, which he certainly enjoys receiving, provided it comes through appropriate channels.

Mr. Richard Burgi
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602

We cannot emphasize strongly enough that mail should not be sent to Richard's home address!  Receiving fan mail through his home address is a disquieting experience and cause for concern, especially from the standpoint of privacy and safety.  If you have come across what you believe may be his home address, please, do NOT use it!  We -- and Richard -- would greatly appreciate it if you would let us know where you came across the address by using this e-mail link to the RBFC.

While postcards, letters, and cards will be promptly forwarded to Richard, we cannot forward packages; he has asked that no gifts be sent to him.  Though Richard appreciates the goodwill and generosity those gifts represent, he finds them a little overwhelming.  Richard would be honored if, instead, wellwishers made a donation in his name to a local children's shelter or literacy program, or to the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center .
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