Cast & Crew

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

John William Larkin (Paulie Pastrami)
John William Larkin

John William Larkin was born in Los Angeles to the son of John William Larkin Sr. who was famous for his many acting performances in daytime television film and radio.

After his father died at the age of 5, John and his mother moved to New York and then to Toronto. In Toronto, he started his acting career and appeared on many PBS and CBC broadcasts. He then took a break from acting and played Canadian semi pro football for several years.

He then eventually left semi-pro football to resume his acting career. Over the years John has starred in numerous independent short and feature films. His acting idols are Humphrey Bogart and Laurence Olivier. John’s vast acting experiences have prepared him to bring a dynamic energy to the role of Paulie Pastrami.

Mike Beaury (Big Pasta)
Mike Beaury2

Mike has performed in numerous productions in the New York area and is looking forward to the release of “Paulie Pastrami”. He is also very talented musician. He plays the Big Pasta in Paulie Pastrami.

Leigh Ann Rose (Detective Susan Swallows)
Leigh Ann Rose
Angelo DeAngelis (Sammy the Salami)

Angelo DeAngelis

Back in the days of old – in the lavish, lovely islands of Aloha – a great, spirited guru from the magical world of make-believe, created a spark that ignited a fuse attached to a wandering city boy – go east young man, from whence you came! Where upon returning to concrete roots took to studying under another inspiring sage of the stage: thank you Mrs. Perez and Ms. Kaplan. An HBer (for life) – Angelo found happiness in all areas of the art of making fun. Angelo wants to thank Rex for allowing him to be part of this wonderful ensemble and being able to meet and work with dedicated talent such as Jason and Rodney. Finally: Angelo wants to thank everyone who ever let him act – act wherever anyone let him. AngeloDeAngelis.com

Rebecca Lieberman (Paula Pastrami)
Dre Davis (The Notorious Biggie Smores)
Dre Davis

André “Dré” Davis was born January 3, 19- – in Mobile, Al. He is the second child out of five kids born to Willie James & Rebecca Davis. At a young age his family moved to New York where Dré attended school at PS 33. After a few years in New York, his family decided to move back to Mobile. His mother was very involved in church which means Dré and his four sisters had to be there as well. At the age of nine, Dré was asked to participate in the church Easter play; he played the role of a Shepard. Having great success in playing this role, Dré was bitten by the acting bug and, has been doing it ever since. After graduating college in 1989 Dré moved back to New York and took a job as a local truck driver. Driving around the city he would see camera crews filming and, he always knew one day he would be front of one of those cameras. In 1992 Dré got his chance when he took the role of a crack head selling scented oils in an independent film. Since then he has never looked back. Dré has played in a few independent films as well as television, in shows like, NYPD Blue and Rescue Me. A number of commercials including one for Coke and, he was the star of a daytime soap that aired on QPTV in Queens, NY called “The Walkers”. On top of all that, Dré has also performed in off-Broadway plays. He is also active in his church plays twice a year thanks to Valtina Sylvain and Highland Church in Queens. Then along came “Paulie Pastrami, The King of Illegal Meats”… Dré landed the role of “The Notorious Biggie Somres”, a big rapper who needs his pastrami. In playing this role, Dré (once a Christian rapper) has the chance utilize his rapping skills as he demonstrated in his first single “I Need My Pastrami”, written and performed by Dré Davis and, the rest as they say is history…

Frank Paris (Paulie Junior)
Samantha Glovin (Paulette Pastrami)
Samantha Glovin

Immediately after learning to speak, Samantha began to demonstrate a passion for performing. The daughter of a teacher who also works as a professional clown and a father who is a writer-editor, both parents are musicians who always made sure creativity was a priority in their home. Samantha first caught the acting bug at age four when she snagged a role in Aesop’s Fables in nursery school. When she wasn’t acting in school plays, she was staging her own mini productions in front of friends and family in North Jersey. At Rutgers University, where she graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in media arts and video production, she acted and sang in over a dozen plays, including Sweeney Todd, Autobahn and Our Lady of 121st Street, as well as in a number of outside productions. She has since wrapped an indie feature film, “Simple Moves”, a short film, “On Turning 10″, and has done some off-off-broadway theater. Most recently she participated in the Labyrinth Theater Company’s Spring Ensemble workshop. Samantha is currently working on a number of projects and pursuing an acting career in New York City.

Mark Glennerster (Sergeant Dick Dildo)
Mark Glennerster

Mark Steven Glennerster was born in Brooklyn N.Y. December 11th and moved to Staten Island N.Y. at the age of 10, Were he enjoyed horseback riding, music and mini bikes. His parents William and Rose Glennerster, William was a butcher and Rose was a homemaker. Mark also has two older brothers and one younger brother. Mark is happily married twenty five years to Joanne Glennerster and has two amazing children Mark Jr. 23 and Samantha 20.

 

Mark as a child did a National commercial for Bobby Hull Hockey and also appeared in the film The Wanderers as a Ducky Boy. He then chose a career with the NYC Police Department and is now a retired Police Detective. He was a singer for an original rock band called “Yankee City” playing the tri-state area. Mark appeared on the Howard Stern Radio Show, Howard loved the groups sound and Robin happily trashed it. Since, Mark appeared in a musical comedy called Oh What a Night!! At the Unitarian Church Theater as Jack the singing sailor. Mark has been in several independent films such as “Evans Gate” as police officer Sean, “Live to Dream” as Detective Fedor now in post production. Also appeared in the film “Before I Self Destruct” as Detective Sullivan notifying 50 Cent of his Mom’s death, written and starting Curtis Jackson (50 Cent). Mark also played the role of Alley Boy Persico ( Colombo crime boss ) called Mobster confessions on the discovery channel network. At this time Mark is working on a sitcom pilot called “Paulie Pastrami” as a Detective Sergeant. Mark’s passion for the art drives him to continuously take classes and study the craft as much as possible. The rest of the story is to be told!!

Mai Lyles (Shamika Tamika)
Mai LylesHas studied in Philadelphia, New York and Miami. Has worked as an actress and model. She studied and performed Improv at Improvolution in NYC. She also performed Improv in Philadelphia in a troupe called Mad Monkey Production. She has put in time as an extra in movies, music videos and TV Pilots. She had a featured role in Excalibur Zero. A feature role in the independent film Young Love. Is currently filming The Slut Always Rides Shotgun (initially a novel). She will also be filming a Demo for a movie called The Prophet (Feature role). This includes a voice over role. She has worked in casting, set design, makeup and wardrobe for independent films. She has worked as an Interior Designer (residential) for 2 years. She has worked as an Executive Personal Assistant for an on-air personality. In this time she has been called upon by her boss to help produce segments for his morning show. Acting has been her passion ever since she was a small child. Growing up watching documentaries and musicals. She is more then excited about the release of Paulie Pastrami King Of Illegal Meats.
Rob Minutoli (Vinnie Veal Cut)
Rob Minutoli
Stephen Andujar (Biggie's Bodyguard)
Monica Verner (Nikki Garage)
Monica Verner
Brendan Naranjo (Vagrant)
Brendan Naranjo

BRENDAN JOHN NARANJO had never tried pastrami until his shoot with “Paulie”. Brendan is a veteran of the stage, and has collaborated with director Rodney E. Reyes on previous web projects/theatrical productions, including “Godot” for the Celebrate The Web festival, and the off-broadway “Who Am I”. He can be heard weekly on the movie-review podcast “Mass Moviecide”.

Richard Niemczyk (Businessman)
Richard Niemczyk is a seasoned retail manager, with over 20 years of management experience in various retail outlets. He has done live and recorded television commercials early in his career. He continues to entertain customers in his day to day business.
Shaun Rey (Crackhead Husband)
Shaun Rey
Mia Davis (Crackhead Wife)
Mia Gigi Davis

Mia “GiGi” Davis is an Actress, Songwriter and Event/Video/Film and Television Producer. Throughout the mid 2000’s GiGi worked with the group Lyrical Fusion, who help her establish her career in writing, performing and event production. GiGi relocated to NYC in 2006 with her counterparts to expand their careers in the entertainment industry. It is not long ago that she ventured into the acting arena. After the change in our economic structure in 2008, she found herself laid off from her executive job at The Manhattan Center Studios. Mia saw this as an opportunity to focus solely on the arts and her dream as a whole. In 2009, she took a few acting classes and started auditioning. Since she has starred, supportive lead, for an off Broadway play entitled Love Story by Broadway TV Sitcom. She also appeared in Jay Z, Rhiana & K. West’s video for “Run This Town” and several times on the WE Networks production of Cinema Therapy. Gigi worked background for many shows on network television, as well. She has also produced or co-produced Jazz on 34th Street; A Tribute to Thelonious Monk hosted by Bill Cosby, The Queens Daughter; A Tribute to Labelle and PaddyPolooza Featuring Morning Star. In 2009 she begin to brand herself as GiGi BeMe. During this time she has been fortunate enough to work with Chris “Traxx” Rogers on her current single Boom Boom, which is available on Itunes. Miss Davis formed a production company in 2009 called Valkyrie Empire, LLC in which she has produced two music videos: O (So Sexxy) and Boom Boom, they are receiving a great response on Youtube with nearly 20,000 views on those two videos alone. Links follow respectively: http://youtu.be/15p97N4QRWw http://youtu.be/uOusRFMeEOc.

Kaitlin Buck (College Student)
Kaitlin Buck

KAITLIN BUCK is shamelessly addicted to illegal meat. She is a lover of the arts and has worked with Rodney Reyes on his previous web project, “Godot” for the Celebrate the Web Festival. In her spare time, Kaitlin can be found working on both sides of the camera and canvas..

Enzo Domingo (Chinese Delivery Boy)
A relative new-comer to the world of web-series production, Enzo Domingo takes every opportunity he can to help out the crew of “Paulie Pastrami”. He is a recent college graduate, with a Bachelor’s degree in Video Production from Rutgers University-Newark. Although played the small part of ‘Chinese Delivery Boy’ in one scene, Enzo’s main credits come from his behind the scenes work. He was served various tasks around the “Paulie Pastrami” set, from boom operator to director of photography. Apart from this project, Enzo has written and directed several of his own shorts, while constantly developing ideas for future projects he wishes to undertake. More of his technical work can be seen in upcoming series, as the crew for “Paulie Pastrami” tends to collaborate on other projects. When not working on set, Enzo freelances as a video producer for his own site, and fills in as assistant director for live news broadcasts with a local station. He currently resides in Union, New Jersey.
Felicia Mooradian (Female Attorney)
Andréa LaTrell (Sharon Swallows)
Andrea LaTrell PplHSAfter an impressive career in advertising, managing million dollar accounts from Tropicana to SC Johnson for the world largest ad agencies in New York and Chicago, Andréa LaTrell decided to pursue her childhood dream of acting. No longer “behind the scenes”, you have seen this actress, model and host on Nick at Night, and Papa John’s and NJ Tourism Board’s TV commercials.  She has also done print work for Bristol Myers Squibb, Elite Fine Hats and Accessories and the 21 Club.

She has performed in a variety of plays and in the short films, including D.O.L.L.S. and Safe Entry and is currently filming 2 action film shorts. Andréa is also the host for UrbanroomTV, as well being the host of various fashion and music events around New York City.

Alexander Nunes (Meat Pusher)

 

Monique Lola (Fate Hope)
Monique

Monique Lola Berkley is an actress/producer who received her BFA degree from Marymount Manhattan college. Though Monique is in the midst of working on several indie projects she is excited and to be a member of the Paulie Pastrami team. Monique gives thanks to her supportive cast and a special thanks to Steve and Rodney for their dynamic talents on Paulie.   

Tamyko Vassel (Feyonce)
Tamyko Vassel 2

Tamyko is excited to be a part of such a fun and original project with a hilarious cast of characters and creative team. Pastrami marks Tamyko’s debut in a web series. Theater: World famous (Mila), Hamlet (Ophelia), Make me look like hallie berry (School girl), Sisters with intense monologues (Jackie), Film: Daft Queens (Amy), Commercials: AXE, Sprig-women’s underwear Television: Inside edition (CBS), My Fair Wedding-Bridal Runway (WE tv), Fall Fashion musts (CBS Early morning show.). Music Videos: Million Dollar Bill (Whitney Houston), Stand-in for Whitney Houston (I Look To You) Training: The Meisner Acting Technique, Vocal Training (Bob Stecko), Jazz (Broadway Dance Center). Tamyko has also left her mark in the modeling and fashion industry, working with such clients as badgley Mishcka, Macy’s, and Make-up forever just to name a few.

Jai Rodriguez (Janice Jackson)
Born Jaira Yaritza Rodriguez and raised in Brooklyn, NY from Latin ancestry Jai was raised by her mom sharing a household with her two cousin’s and grandmother. At the earliest of ages she knew entertaining was for her, as did her mom. Like most little girl’s Jai would dress up in her mother’s clothes and prance around putting on shows for her family. She would memorize books and put on mini play’s as well creating her own little “Hollywood” at home. By the time Jai turned 5, she was already booked for “Faces International”. She continued to do print work for “Faces International” for nearly a year. Like many single parents barely breaking even, Jai’s mother was unable to keep her in the modeling business. It had literally become a constant strain on her pockets. Jai’s dream seemingly went down the drain in an instant, almost in the blink of an eye. Determined as Jai is, she never completely let go of her dream. When she turned 16 she decided to forge another attempt to succeed in modeling through alternative channels to raise funds. With her sister as a partner, they managed a clothing line named “Bedroc”. They also started a modeling agency / entertainment company titled “Mos’ Wanted Ent”. They would put on fashion shows and various events to help create finance to put towards Jai’s modeling career. She has also posed for mixtape covers and party flyers. Eventually that all faded out due to economic changes. She then turned to freelancing. She began booking shows and photo shoots for herself. At the age of 19, she would be hired to do her biggest project that would finally launch her career… (OR SO SHE THOUGHT……………………) She did the front and back cover picture’s for an urban novel “They Call Me Miss Divine” by Tri Smith. Turns out, that didn’t do anything for her career. So til today she continues on her journey. I started working with William Michael Reid Of Xpozure Modeling, Lloyd Crawford Of Contempos Photo and Steven Williams, a brilliant writer, wonderful actor and amazing coach “Working with these guys has been great! In a very short time they have managed to further my career and open many doors for me. My ultimate goal is to become a successful model/actress, with a great legacy. I will work as hard as I have to until my goal becomes a reality.”
Celestina Nwoklo (Molly Parton)
Celestina Nwoklo
 

CREW BIOGRAPHIES

Steven Williams (Creator/Writer)

(Creator & Writer)

Steven Williams is the creator of “Paulie Pastrami: King of Illegal Meats.” He first got involved in acting back in 1997 and he also studied at HB Studios in New York City. Over the last several years he has written a variety of black box theater plays and a variety of comedy webseries.  His main goal is to establish a broad variety of sitcoms for tv and cable.

Rodney Reyes (Director/Editor)

(Director & Editor)

Rodney Reyes comes from a background in theatre. He has acted, directed and written for the stage. His plays have been produced in NYC and in NJ. His theatre company, Cuchipinoy Productions has produced more than 20 original productions for the off-broadway stage. He has co-created the webseries PLACES PLEASE with Jonathan Weirich, the webseries pilot GODOT with Brendan Naranjo and will start work on his first short independent film MY SWEETASS ROOMMATE based of the stage play he wrote.

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Jason Shanski (Cinematographer)

(Cinematographer)

Jason Shanski was Born in Montreal, Qc. Canada, a graduate of theatrical design at John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre Program class of ’96.  While working as a scenic artist in 1998, Jason met his wife on the set of Paramount Pictures production of “Isn’t She Great” starring Bette Midler (Beaches, The Rose, First Wives Club) and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage,  Mousehunt, The  Producers). He relocated to the United States in the fall of 1999 and maintained his crafts as a scenic artist and set designer.

Presently, he resides in New Jersey and has hung up the paintbrushes and has picked up the camera. He now blends the sharpness of his artistic eye and the knowledge of his technical experience to create beautiful images on the digital screen as a cinematographer and filmmaker.  Jason produced a short film called “A Hero’s Return” starring Franky G (The Italian Job, Saw II, The Devil’s Tomb) which premiered at the 2012 Soho International Film Festival. His credits also included Director of Photography and Editor.

Justin Niemczyk (Asst. Director)

(Assistant Director)

Justin Niemczyk is a young aspiring filmmaker and entrepreneur. Graduating from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2010 with a concentration in Multimedia and minor in Theatre, he has an eye for blending art and technology. He continues to learn and experiment on filming and editing.