Don't ever call him "Eugene." Since grade school
he has gone by "Vash," and was always the kid
who excelled at almost everything with minimal effort.
Vash made it into the Naval Academy where he excelled at
the things he wanted to do the most-- unfortunately, it
didn't include his studies. He came within a few demerits
his freshman year of getting expelled. Eventually Vash
got it together and became a leader among the midshipman.
He became much more confident in himself and came to realize
his potential. Unfortunately, this did not carry over to
his social life and for the most part, was clueless in
relationships with the oppsite sex. By his senior year,
grades were never the priority, but learning was-- he finished
in the bottom half of his graduating class, but earned
his BS in Political Science.
Vash had grown to respect the honor and tradition of the
US Marine Corps and upon graduation chose to become a 2nd
Lieutenant instead of a Navy Ensign. He was a young officer
assigned a platoon in Desert Storm. His sergeant was John
Hatem. At first, the two hated each others guts. But eventually
the two became closer than brothers.
Being the maverick had it's cost and Vash came to understand
that he had angered too many brass with his independent
ways. He would never make general. When the chance came
to become a civilian contractor and make big bucks, Vash
jumped at it. And eventually he convinced his friend Hatem
to come with him. Vash has assembled a small team of experts
to take on jobs that rely on their special skills. Clients
come to him to do the work the police can't or won't. And
he lives by three rules: #1 Don't take a bullet for a client.
#2 Always plan. #3 Don't go against the US Government.
Vash collects classic cars-- especially convertibles.
He does not possess a strong business mind and will do
jobs for the cause forgetting the bottom line of survival
in a capitalist state-- money. It's rumored that dissension
exists on his team because of this.
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Diamond Phillips graduated from the University of Texas at
Arlington and returned back to the area to film "Bloodlines." He
quickly shot to stardom with his lead role in "La Bamba"
and followed that up with "Young Guns" and "Stand And Deliver."
Johanson grew up a military brat-- her father was in the
US Air Force. She greatly respected the people who served
their country in uniform. Being the idealist, she went
to college and joined the Secret Service, hoping to make
a difference. But the male dominated service finally got
to her and she left the government agency and found a new
calling in the corporate world. She has risen to become
an integral member of Ted Billings executive
staff at Billings Laboratories.
Several years back, she met "Vash" Vasher when
her company hired him to do a job at their plant in Malaysia.
The two soon became a hot item... until Vash suddenly and
with no explanation cut it off. Now she is called upon
by her boss to bring Vash back.
Butler was born and grew up in Greenwich Village, New York
City during the 1970s, so it's not unusual that she chose
to be an actor, being third generation showbiz. Her father
is Joe Butler, the lead singer and drummer for the reunited
Lovin' Spoonful; her mother, Leslie, was a company manager
for Broadway shows, and her grandparents were also involved
in various aspects of the theater. At the age of 13, Butler
began studying at the prestigious HB Studios in New York,
and continued to do so until entering Sarah Lawrence College.
Ms Butler made her motion picture starring debut in John
Woo's "Hard Target" with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Yancy's television debut in "Law & Order" landed
her the series lead in " Mann and Machine", which
led to the starring role in "South Beach." Yancy
has starred with Wesley Snipes in "Drop Zone" and
most recently was the star of the hit television show "Witchblade."
The man known as Kilmer doesn't register in Mabe's database.
He's been known to impersonate Federal officials... Is
he one? Other rumors are that he is a mercenary who bids
his services out to the richest client. In the oil soaked
Middle East, this could mean Hamas, or Al Queda or any
of the other hate groups.
Without a doubt, Kilmer's background is military-- probably
Special Forces. He has a circle of men he has bought to
help him with his jobs. Who knows to what extent the buying
goes-- but he seems to walk pretty freely in the United
Jeff Speakman was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois,
where he became an All-American springboard diver in
high school. He broke records in his school's district
and confer ence all without ever having a coach. Determined
to go to college, he worked for six years and graduated
with honors from Missouri State College, earning a bac
helor's degree in psychology with a minor in biology.
Jeff currently holds a 6th-degree black belt in Japanese
Goju-Ryu and a 7th-degree black belt in American Kenpo
Karate. He is also found and director of American Kenpo
Karate Systems (AAKS), an international kenpo karate
organization with more than 50 schools. In 1993, Jeff
was inducted into the Balck Belt Hall of Fame as "Instructor
of the Year."
John Hatem joined the Army out of high school. He went
into the Army Rangers and due to his dependability and
coolness under pressure, rose a little quicker than most,
becoming his platoon's non-commissioned officer. A new
platoon officer was assigned to lead the men and Hatem
didn't like him one bit. He was young, full of himself,
and brash. Hatem had just met Eugene "Vash" Vasher.
The unit was immediately sent over to the first Desert
Storm and Hatem made his feelings clear to Vash. The two
solved their problem the only way they knew how and fortunately
neither was killed or seriously injured. The conflict between
the two turned into respect then admiration when Hatem
saw that Vash had reason to be boastful-- the guy was good.
Then in a fire fight in Mosul, Hatem had the opportunity
to pull his young lieutenant from a dangerous situation.
And that led to a couple of other dangerous moments. In
the end, the two became fast friends and inseperatable.
They were quite the team.
When Vash left the Army, Hatem was offered the battalion
First Sergeant position, but Vash had lined up some interesting
private work and needed some help. Hatem retired from the
Army and joined his friend in the private sector.
Vash is envious of Hatem's family life-- he was there
when Hatem brought home both kids. Vash is oblivious to
the fact that Hatem's wife Maggie really doesn't like him.
It doesn't matter.
Tom Wright is a veteran of stage and screen. Residing in
LA, Tom has a lengthy credit list which includes "Barbershop","Murder
at 1600", "Forget Paris", a recurring character
in "Seinfeld", appearances on "ER", "Star Trek
Enterprise", "CSI", "NYPD Blue" and countless others. John
Sayles has had
Tom in just about every other film he makes.
Filmmaker Dan Millican sees why Sayles calls his number
time and time again. "Tom is a storyteller. He doesn't
have any of that Hollywood attitude that might put himself
ahead of the story. I trust Tom and sent him very early drafts
of Bloodlines for his input. When I wrote the part, he was
always John Hatem."
Tavius "Tave" Boneffer
was born in the US to German parents (Claus and Gertie
Bonhoeffer who Anglicised their last name). Tave's grandfather
Karl had narrowly escaped death at the hands of the Nazi's
towards the end of World War II. Implicated in the plot
to kill Hitler, Tave's grandfather had been a double agent
in the Abwehr. Karl was captured in April of 1945, given
away finally by his compatriots after vicious torturing
by the Gestapo. Most of his fellow conspirators were already
dead. Had the Allies been another month in ending the war,
Karl would have been killed. Karl's son Claus decided to
immigrate to the US.
Tave is the sniper and explosives specialist on the team.
Tave spent a short time in the US military before being
honorably discharged. He joined a large metropolitan police
force where he worked in SWAT and in the Bomb Disposal
Unit. He was quite happy, though becoming bored with his
job until he came across John Hatem and Vash Vasher at
a bar known to be frequented by law enforcement types.
Turns out that Vash and Hatem had been watching Tave for
some time and planned the "accidental" meeting.
They hit it off well and Vash offered him a job on his
team. Tave, getting rather bored in his current position
jumped at the chance to do something exciting.
He is quiet and would rather be doing nothing else. His
love of guns, explosives and adrenaline-pumped missions
keeps him a happy camper.
Krieger is the actor who plays Tave. Steve has worked with
Writer/Director Daniel Millican on all three of Millican's
films as the Special Effects Coordinator. In Millican's
second film "A Promise Kept/The Gunman", Krieger
asked to audition and a new talent was found. In addition
to his role as Tave, Krieger is the Special Effects Coordinator
for "Bloodlines" as well. He also does some stunt doubling
This versatile actress lends an air of mystery to the
Bloodlines cast. Her character Mabe is rich in back story
and leaves you hungry to know more about her. Was she IRA?
(Must be with her weapons training and knowledge) Where
did she get all her techno know-how? She joined Vash's
team several years before and her first mission was the "Cardiff
Job." Some members of the team weren't thrilled about
the inclusion of a woman, but quickly gave in when they
saw her in action and recognized her skill.