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Joshua Tai Taeoalii
Latter-day Saint (less active). Samoan-American. Lives in Murray, Utah. Independent filmmaker. Writer/producer/director of the independent feature-length film "Twice Today" (2000), which won the Best Feature Film Award at the Real to Reel Film Fest in North Carolina. Director of other low-budget feature-length films: "Hustlin' a Hustler" (1998), "Luck and Rat Poisoning" (1996) and "Strictly Business" (1995). Director of many short films and some documentaries, including "Afterlife" (2001).
Patricia Taffs
Lives in Kaysville, Utah. Actress. Lead role as the mother in the independent film "Destined." Played a nurse on TV's "Mother Knows Best" (ABC). Appeared in commercials for Powder Ridge/Powder Mountain and the Bank of Canada. Appeared on stage at Blackbox Theatre Co., Theatre West 132 and Dixie Theatre Corp in lead roles in MacBeth; Nuts; Fiddler on the Roof; The Gingerbread Lady; God's Favorite. Voiceover work for Nissan ads. Works as a loan officer at a mortgage company.
Mark Taft
Director of photography (cinematographer) for "The Subject of a Moment" (1985), a 30-min. drama filmed in Utah about the danger of drinking alcohol and drunk driving. Cinematographer for "Impala" (1999), a short film made in California, and "Divine Intervention" (1998). Cinematographer for the award-winning BYU student film "Wildest Dreams" (1986). Co-cinematographer (and also gaffer) for the Crystal Heart Award-winning short film "A Truce with Death" (1993), a film directed Bill Shira about Latter-day Saint pioneers. Co-cinematographer and gaffer for the short film "Gold Fever" (1990), also directed by Shira. Second unit director of photography for "The Last Tzaddik" (1998) and the Church-produced film "Nora's Christmas Gift" (1989). Camera operator for: Junk (2001); Fraud (2000); He Bop (2000); Dancing in September (2000); Faith (1997); Seasons of the Heart (1993, Feature Films For Families). Camera operator for documentaries directed by Lee Groberg: "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1995); "Building Tomarrow: Wildlife Resource Management" (1995); "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997).
Russ Tamblyn
Latter-day Saint. Born 30 December 1934, Los Angeles, California. Birth name: Russell Tamblyn. Sometimes credited as: Russell Tamblyn; Rusty Tamblyn. Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for "Peyton Place" (1957). In 1956 won a Golden Globe award as Most Promising Newcomer. Major roles in over 30 movies, including: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954); West Side Story (1961); tom thumb (1958); Ghost Dog (1997); Invisible Dad (1997); Little Miss Magic (1997); Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard (1996); Invisible Mom (1995); Wizards of the Demon Sword (1991); Human Highway (1982); Black Heat (1975); Son of a Gunfighter (1965); The Long Ships (1963); The Haunting (1963); Cimarron (1960); High School Confidential! (1958); The Fastest Gun Alive (1956); The Young Guns (1956). Smaller roles in over 30 other films. Regular TV roles as "Dr. Hayden" on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" (1999), and as "Dr. Lawrence Jacoby" on the hit primetime series "Twin Peaks" (1990-1991). TV guest appearances include: General Hospital; Nash Bridges; Babylon 5; Quantum Leap; Fame; The Quest; Cade's County; The Iron Horse; Gunsmoke.
Karl G. Tangren
Lives in Moab, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Karl Tangren. Wrangler for the movie "Knights" (1993). Location Manager and location scout for commercials, including: Kohler Faucets (Schultz Photo); Chic Jeans (Me Too Productions); Toyota (LA Connection). Security coordinator for comercials: Jeep (RSA); Jeep (Tool of N. America); Toyota (LA Connection).
Javen Tanner
Javen Tanner graduated with an MFA in acting from the Old Globe in San Diego. While at the Old Globe he was awarded the Craig Noel Fellowship, and he traveled to London to workshop and perform Twelfth Night at the Royal National Theatre. Old Globe credits include All My Sons (with Daniel J. Travanti); Twelfth Night (directed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien); Love's Labour's Lost (directed by Roger Rees); The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Macbeth; Beyond Therapy; Heartbreak House; Reckless; and Six Characters in Search of an Author. After finishing his degree at The Old Globe, Javen moved to Manhattan. New York credits include Creation, A Clown Show; The Cat and the Moon; The Only Jealousy of Emer; and the New York premier of Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney's The Burial at Thebes (producer). Javen worked as associate artistic director of Handcart Ensemble, which was named one of New York Theatre's fifteen "people" of 2006. Film and TV credits include Windrunner (Disney); The Dead Sea Scrolls (The Discovery Channel); The Good Samaritan; Josiah (lead); and Return With Honor: A Missionary Homecoming (aka The Return) for which Javen was named Best Actor at the 2007 New York International Independent Film Festival. Javen has taught acting at New York University's Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, Brigham Young University, and is currently (2007) serving as the chair of the theatre department at The Waterford School.
Jonathan Tanner
Latter-day Saint. Producer of the short film "The Good Samaritan", available on video in Latter-day Saint Christian bookstores.
Mike Tanner
Utah-based actor. Also credited as: Michael Tanner. Small part as a delivery boy in Craig Clyde's independent feature "Heaven Sent" (1994). Lead role in Martin Patch's short film "4:53" (2001), starring Tayva Patch. Second-billed role as the younger brother of Lincoln Hoppe's character in the short film "Freedom on the Water" (2002), directed by award-winning filmmaker Ryan Little.
Virginia Tanner
Nationally-renowned dance instructor. Original creator and choreographer of a Latter-day Saint pioneer-themed dance program commissioned for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The dances were later made into the KBYU PBS film "Woman, the Pioneer" (1997), adapted for film and directed by Caroline Prohosky.
Marie Pearson Tarbet
Latter-day Saint. Graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor's degree from the college of theater and film at Brigham Young University (BYU). Bio from Audience, BYU theater dept. alumni newsletter ( audience_ss_96.pdf):
Marie Pearson Tarbet (BA `86) is doing voice-over work in the LA area. She's done voice overs for NBC, Hallmark, Kinko's, Arco, and L.A. Ride Share, and was the spokesperson for the LDS Church in two national TV ads. Marie has also had three songs published by Irving Music, and wrote and recorded an album for Deseret Book. She's married to Lee Tarbet, and has a daughter, Mary Jessica.

Rockne Tarkington
Latter-day Saint (convert). African-American. Actor who had starring roles in "Zebra Force" (1976), "Black Samson" (1974) and "Melinda" (1972). Smaller roles in at least 15 other movies, including: The Desperate Trail (1994); Wyatt Earp (1994); Fists of Steel (1991); Under the Gun (1989); Death Before Dishonor (1987); The Ice Pirates (1984); Black Starlet (1974). Had a regular TV role as "Morgan" on "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" (1968). TV guest appearances include: MacGyver; Matt Houston; Police Story; The High Chaparral; Cowboy in Africa; Mission: Impossible; The Andy Griffith Show; Bewitched; The Man from U.N.C.L.E. IMDb: "Generally believed to be the first black actor to appear on the Andy Griffith Show and the first to appear in a recurring role in a television series (Daktari). Currently working on a documentary project on the geographical history of each of the fifty United States."
Jim Tarr
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Actor. Bit parts in the TV movies "Anya's Bell" (1999) and "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town" (2000). Has appeared on three episodes of "Touched by an Angel" (as a bachelor party guest, a reporter, and a detective), and 2 episodes of "Promised Land" (as a reporter and a wedding guest). Has appeared in commercials for Mountain Star Hospital and Novell. Stage roles include "Benny Southstreet" in Guys and Dolls (Rogers Memorial Theater) and McGregor/Frank in Brigadoon, Grand Theatre. Also appeared in Man of Lamancha (Draper Arts Council), Peter Pan (Grand Theatre) and A Christmas Carol (Hale Center Theater).
Jason Tatom
Latter-day Saint. Actor. Had a major role in the short film "The King's Falcon" (1997), which on the award for Best Short Drama Film at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival. Small roles in the feature-length films "No More Baths" (1998), "The Goodbye Bird" (1993) and "Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde" (1993).
Brian Taylor
Latter-day Saint. Director of the short drama "Drinking Tall Water" (2001), which competed in the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002. The 3-minute film, shot in both color and black & white, is about Wally, a transient, who claims to have sung with Elvis Presley. Wrote the short screenplay "Call Me Cleveland" and the feature-length screenplays "Forgotten Apple Seed" and "City in the Clouds," all of which competed in the 2002 LDS Film Festival. "Forgotten Apple Seed" received Honorable Mention in the Festival, making it one of the top 6 screenplays out of 25 entries accepted for competition.
Carol Taylor
Lives in Utah County. Set dresser/props. Credits include 2 seasons on the TV series "Promised Land" and 3 IMAX films directed by Academy Award-winning director Kieth Merrill: "Yellowstone" (1994), "Zion Canyon: Treasure of the Gods" (1986) and one filmed in Branson MI. Worked as an art department buyer for the movie "The Right Temptation" (2000) and the TV movie "The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All" (1999). Production assistant for the short film "A Truce with Death" (1993), about Latter-day Saint pioneers.
Clayton Taylor
Utah-based actor. Major role as "Matt" in the Latter-day Saint-themed video "Christmas Mission" (1999). Major roles in the direct-to-video films: A Dog's Tale (1999); No Place Like Home (2001); A Kid Called Danger (1999); The Robin Hood Gang (1998, a.k.a. Angels in the Attic). Smaller roles in the video "No More Baths" (1998), the miniseries "Night Sins" (1997), and the TV movies "Anya's Bell" (1999) and "Before He Wakes" (1998). TV guest appearance on "Touched by an Angel."
Dominique Taylor
Utah-based actress. Appeared as a little girl in "Together Forever," a video made by Bonneville Productions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Has appeared in Bonneville Productions commercials "What's Important" and "Salvation Army." Also appeared in Rutherford Productions' "Ash Tray" commercial, and a commercial for America First Credit Union. Has appeared in high school plays, including: Don't Drink the Water; Anastasia; Much Ado About Nothing; Steel Magnolia's; Taming of the Shrew; West Side Story; Shakespeares Ladies; The Importance of Being Earnest; Fiddler on the Roof; Dracula the Musical; Can We Live in Peace. Has appeared as a runway model in ZCMI print advertising.
Jonny Taylor
Latter-day Saint. Wrote the music for two low-budget films directed by John Lyde which were released directly on DVD for the LDS market: "In the Service of God" (2003) and "The Field is White" (2002). Taylor also had small acting roles in both of these films. Later Taylor had a major acting role in Lyde's short film "Thy Will Be Done" (2004), which was sold on video and DVD in the LDS Christian as well as general Christian markets. According to Taylor has been studying music since he was 8 years old and now plays the piano, trumpet, guitar and drums. In 2003 he was the drummer for the alternative rock band Minute 16.
Joe Taylor
Utah filmmaker. Made the 10-minute experimental film "Soar Winds," shown at the "Works From Along the Wasatch Front" screening in Salt Lake City, Utah in October 2002.
Samuel W. Taylor
Latter-day Saint. Born circa 1907. Died 26 September 1997, Provo, Utah. Birth name: Samuel Woolley Taylor. Acclaimed author and successful screenwriter. His story was the basis for the Disney movie "The Absent Minded Professor" (1961), plus its sequel "Son of Flubber" (1963), a TV version in 1988, and an updated Disney version starring Robbin Williams, "Flubber" (1997). Screenwriter for: "Bait" (1954) and "The Man Who Returned To Life" (1942). "The Absent Minded Professor" was the 4th-highest grossing film in the U.S. in 1961. Taylor's movies have grossed over $115 million at the U.S. box office.
Samuel W. Taylor, grandson of John Taylor and son of Apostle John W. Taylor, was born in Provo, Utah, and studied at Brigham Young University. After serving in World War II, he and his family lived near San Francisco until he passed away in 1997 at the age of ninety. His works include Family Kingdom, Nightfall at Nauvoo, Rocky Mountain Empire, and Uranium Fever (histories); Heaven Knows Why, The Grinning Gismo... (novels); Take My Advice, Mr. President (short stories); Taylor-Made Tales (autobiography); The Absent-Minded Professor and Flubber (screenplays); and episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Bonanza (television).
NOTE: Utah-born Samuel W. Taylor has sometimes been incorrectly identified as the writer of the the novel and screenplay for The Man with My Face (1951). The actual writer of The Man with My Face was named "Samuel Taylor," but is a completely different person - a man whose mother was named Emma Trageser; he was from a Catholic family in New York.
Rebecca Byers Taylor
Latter-day Saint. Producer of the PBS documentary made at BYU: "Brides on the Homefront" (2000).
Todd Taylor
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: J. Todd Taylor. Grip. Key grip for the TV movies "Absence of the Good" (1999) and "In My Sister's Shadow" (1997), and for the independent film "Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde" (1993). Best boy grip for the movies "Drive Me Crazy" (1999) and "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997), the direct-to-video family films "Clubhouse Detectives" (1996) and "The Robin Hood Gang" (1997), and the TV movie "Divided by Hate" (1997). Grip for "Invasion of Privacy" (1996). Small onscreen role in the movie "Mad About You" (1988). Key grip and dolly grip for the short film "A Truce with Death" (1993), about Latter-day Saint pioneers.
Walter Taylor
Born 22 March 1904 in Utah. Died 24 November 1971, Los Angeles, California. Birth name: Walter L. Taylor. Credited as an actor with small parts in "Our Relations" (1936) and "The Black Coin" (1936).
Will Taylor
Latter-day Saint. Student filmmaker, and and senior broadcast/journalism student at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. Writer/producer/director of the short films "News Values" (2001) and "For Love and Vengeance" (2000). Website:
Susan Teh
Latter-day Saint. Originally from Singapore. Graduated in 2002 with a film degree from Brigham Young University (BYU). Previously attended BYU-Hawaii. Founder of the documentary film festival Strictly Docs. Director of short documentaries "Of Shoes and Souls" (2001), "Face to Face" (2001) and "Joe's Repair Shop." "No Other Solution," the commercial she made with Jason Faller won the award for Best Commercial at BYU's Final Cut film festival in 2002. Director of the short documentary "500 N. 600 W. and Beyond" (2002), which competed in the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002, and later competed in BYU's Final Cut film festival in March 2003. "500N 600W and Beyond" is described thus: "An ordinary individual makes a difference in the lives of school children and the community through her job as a crossing guard." "500N 600W and Beyond" received both Honorable Mention and an Audience Choice Award (one of only 3 in a field of 36 films) and was included in the touring "Best of 2002" program. Teh works at the Instructional Media Center in the Center for Instructional Design (CID) at BYU, where she assists faculty supplement their teaching by creating and editing audio and video materials. Credited as "Documentarian" in the closing credits of the award-winning short film "Roots & Wings" (2002), directed by Christian Vuissa. She filmed the "making of" documentary featured on the "Roots & Wings" DVD.
Joshua Tenney
Born 1 April 1976, Bountiful, Utah. Birth name: Joshua David Tenney. Sometimes credited as: Josh Tenney. Actor. Top-billed role as The Little Boy in the half-hour film "The Velveteen Rabbit," which first aired on the Disney Channel in 1984 as part of the 4-episode anthology series "Enchanted Musical Playhouse." Tenney's co-star in "The Velveteen Rabbit" was Marie Osmond, and a number of other Latter-day Saints and/or Utahns worked behind the scenes on the film, including production coordinator Johnny Whitaker, musical coordinator Kurt Bestor and art director Seven Nielsen. Tenney also had a major role in "Solo" (1984).
Leroy "Big Budah" Te'o
Lives in Utah. Also credited as: Leroy Te'o; Big Budah. Marked his acting debut with a major supporting role as "Humu," the Tonan exchange student, in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). Well-known radio personality who can be heard on Salt Lake City radio station KISN 97.1. Began his radio career at KSFM 102.5 in Sacramento.
Jody Teora
Lives in Springville, Utah. Producer of Todd Field's award-winning short film "Nonnie & Alex" (1995), which was filmed in Ferdale, California. Producer of the short films "Boy" and "Men In Black." Second second assistant director of "Conquering Space" (1989). Production assistant for commercials/industrial films for cients including Compaq, Diet Coke, Phillips Magnavox, Prudential, Wrangler Jeans. Production coordinators for the films "Ferngully" and "A Show of Force", and for commercials, including TCI, Intel, Cellular One.
Michael Terrell
Director of the short animated film "Space Monkeys," which competed in the 2001 Eclipse Film Festival in St. George, Utah. Synopsis of the film: "Zak is a typical boy with a penchant for comic books, an insatiable curiosity, and an intergalactic satellite dish. He soon discovers that things aren't always like their advertisements in this hilarious animated short."
Audrey Terry
Latter-day Saint. Born in Utah. Daughter of Pam Oakland and stepdaughter of Jack Okland Jr. Lives in New York City. Orchestrator of Lee Groberg's documentary "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1995) and the Feature Films For Families video "Seasons of the Heart" (1993). Conductor for "Sing Out Proud! Brooklyn," a member-run, multi cultural chorus serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Bio from "Sing Out Proud! Brooklyn" website:
Audrey Terry, conductor, a native of Utah, moved to Manhattan in 1997 to attend the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where she studied musical theatre writing as a composer, and earned an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Terry has been a freelance musician for many years, performing for ballet, theatre, opera, and dance. Her compositions have been commissioned and performed by the Intermountain Chamber Orchestra, the Salt Lake Men's Choir, Contemporary Music Consortium, Utah Flute Association (including a performance at the National Flute Convention in 1998), and various theatre companies. Her film work includes Additional Music for the video Seasons of the Heart, the feature film Mercy Street, and the short Three Thing I've Learned, which played at Sundance in 1994. Since moving to New York, she has composed music for the Second Avenue Dance Company and for the Design and Choreographers concert at the Tisch School of the Arts, and orchestrated for the benefit Nothing Like a Dame 2000 on Broadway, as well as for Seduction, conceived and directed by Chet Walker. She also orchestrated this season for the Barkesdale Theatre and Theatre Virginia, both in Richmond. As a conductor, Terry has worked in choral settings, musical theatre, instrumental concerts, and in the recording studio. Her current writing projects include a musical about Galileo, an opera based on Ethan Frome, and a harp concerto commissioned by the principal harpist of the Albany Symphony.

Brandi Terry
Office coordinator for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003).
Jacob M. Terry
Lives in Lehi, Utah. Also known as: Jacob Terry. Set dresser for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002). Art swing for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003).
Natalie Terry
Utah-based actress. Had a small part in the musically-oriented Feature Films For Families video "Rigoletto (1993). Bio from Young Musicans webpage (
Natalie Terry began studying the violin at age five. At age nine she was one of ten North American Suzuki students chosen to tour South America. She received the honor of soloing with the Montivideo Symphony in Uraguay. She soloed at the International Suzuki Conference in Berlin, Germany a year later. She won first place in the Utah Youth Guild Music Competition and was chosen to solo with the Utah Symphony.

In addition to playing classically, she toured Europe two summers ago with the Bluegrass Band, Albion, as the solo fiddler and vocalist in the Irish Band, Tir na n'og. She played snare drum with the Salt Lake Scots Bagpipe Band for two years.

Barton Thacker
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Callie. Played an army man in Lee Groberg's documentaries "American Gunmaker: The John M. Browning Story" (1991) and "Enduring Legacy: The Story of Firearms" (1992).
James Thatcher
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: James W. Thatcher; Jim Thatcher. Graduated from Brigham Young University in 1975. Thatcher is THE top horn player in Hollywood. He plays for essentially all of the big budget films that use orchestral music and has received several screen credits for solos, for example, in Steven Spielberg's "Always" (scored by John Williams). Bio from BYU Magazine, Fall 2002 (
Ten BYU graduates will return to campus during Homecoming 2002 to offer lectures and receive alumni awards from their respective colleges. James W. Thatcher, '75, began his professional French horn career at age 16 in Mexico City and continued his studies at BYU. He has performed as principal horn for more than 900 motion pictures, including Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, and Beauty and the Beast. Such illustrious composers as John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and James Horner request his services.

Leora Thatcher
Latter-day Saint. Born 12 May 1894, Logan, Utah. Died 5 March 1984, Salt Lake City. Best known as a popular Broadway actress. Film work includes major roles in "The Big Squirt" (1937) and "My Little Feller" (1937), and small roles in: Diary of a Bachelor (1964); Gracie at the Bat (1937); Theodora Goes Wild (1936); Wives Never Know (1936); Mister Smarty (1936). TV guest appearances on "Kraft Television Theatre" and "The Ford Theatre Hour." Bio from "Utah History for Kids" (
Leora Thatcher, a noted Broadway actress also starred on radio and TV. In 1923 she was invited to join the Moroni Olsen Players, a repertory touring company that gave theatrical starts to many young actors. Thatcher toured with this company for eight years, appearing in a number of plays. She taught at the McCune School of Music, where she directed children's productions. The lure of Hollywood attracted her to California where she appeared in several movies, including the Andy Clyde Comedy Shorts, Theodora Goes Wild (with Irene Dunn) and Counsel for Crime. She also performed at the Pasadena Playhouse from 1935 to 1937. After appearing in the role of Ada Lester in Tobacco Road she was invited to perform on Broadway in the same role. This was followed by other roles. While in New York she also appeared in daytime radio soap operas. By the late 1940s she was well established in television as well as stage and radio.

Jessica Joann Thaut
Latter-day Saint. Small role as the "Cheesecake Girl" in Kurt Hale's Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Singles Ward" (2002). Roles in short films: Women in the Red Car in "Women" (1999), produced by Invictus Productions; Megan, a rape victim in "True Illusions" (2001), produced by Craddock Productions. Stage performances: nurse in The Wall, 2000, Chamber Theatre, Utah Valley State College (UVSC); Angelica Bianca in "The Rover", 2001, Classical Theatre, UVSC; a beauty queen in Short Attention Span, 2001, Commical Theatre, UVSC; Gwendolyn in The Odd Couple, 2001, Ensemble Theatre, UVSC. Worked as a casting assistant for LDS Motion Picture Studios in 1998. Make-up artist for Smashbox Studios, 1999-2000. Personal assistant to Judy Blazer, Sundance Theatre, 2001.
Douglas Thayer and Donlu Thayer
Authors of the book Greg & Kellie, which was adapted into the 1998 direct-to-video film "Only Once" (1998), starring Austin O'Brien and directed by Rocco DeVilliers. The story is about two Latter-day Saint teenagers who do something "only once" that results in the girl being pregnant out of wedlock. Bio for Douglas Thayer from AML (
Douglas Thayer lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife Donlu, and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He has published a novel, Summer Fire (Orion Books, 1983), which received the Association for Mormon Letters award for the LDS novel in 1983. He has also published two collections of stories, Under the Cottonwoods and Other Mormon Stories (Frankson Books, 1977; Signature Books, 1984), which received the AML award for fiction in 1978, and Mr. Wahlquist in Yellowstone and Other Stories (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 1989); and is at work on a collection of personal essays and a novel. His story "The Redtail Hawk," published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Summer 1970) and in Under the Cottonwoods, also appeared in Christmas for the World (Aspen Books, 1991). His short story, "Opening Day," won the Dialogue Award in fiction for 1969.

Emmelyn Thayer
Latter-day Saint. Actress. 1st-billed role in the short BYU student film "Delusion" (2001), directed by Marcus Cano. Small role in the award-winning film "The Wrong Brother" (2000), now sold on video. Has also acted in stage plays.
Paul Thiriot
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Mary. Company: TnT Productions, Inc. Emmy-winning DP/Cameraman with 20 yrs experience in news, documentaries, sports and corporate videos. "A" cameraman for Dateline NBC since the program began, utilizing his knowledge and experience for lighting muti-camera interview settings. Thrives on the "physical shoots" such as the four Eco-Challenge extreme races covered for D/L and Discovery. Partial client list: National Geo. Explorer, ALL network news programs, NBC sports, ESPN. Works with a very experienced soundperson... We enjoy what we do! Gear: HL-V55 Ikegami Beta SP (Roger Macie video set-up)4.6 wide angle lens / Sony PD 100 DV-Cam / Sony V-3cube-cam w/DV clamshell deck / large assortment of matte box filters/ Sony BVW-35 field playback/record deck / production lighting kits, including FULL HMI package / sound package with Cooper CS-104 ENG mixer, Mackie 1402 6 channel mixer, 6 UHF Lectrosonic freq. agile wireless mics, 2 Letrosonic freq. agile "cubes" for sports applications, Sennheisers (416s & 816)/ Shoeps mic/ Timecode DAT, com-tek IFB systems (6) Full live kit etc.
Arayna Thomas
Latter-day Saint. Director of the short dramatic film "Cornered" (2003, 7 minutes, black & white), which competed in the 3rd LDS Film Festival (Jan. 2004) and was described thus: "Zoe, an imaginative artist, takes a journey on a road of thoughts. As the day wears on, wide open spaces give way to black holes and Zoe learns that small rooms give way to wide open thoughts." Thomas also made the short documentary "Footsteps in Faith" (2003, 6 minutes, color), which competed in the 3rd LDS Film Festival and was described thus: "A group of young women living in Harlem talk about their faith and how it affects their lives."
Chet Thomas
Latter-day Saint. Born 10 June 1969, Pason, Utah. Young filmmaker who works closely with Darrin Fletcher. Thomas is the director of the short films "Simplicity" (2002) and "Shear." Producer of the the short film "A Kiss Remembered" (2002), directed by Darrin Fletcher. Was also one of the producers of 17-minute "Simplicity," which was written by Darrin Fletcher. "Simplicity" won the award for Best Editing in November 2002 at the prestigious Eclipse Film Festival in St. George, Utah. "Simplicity," which competed in the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002, is described thus: "A small town barber must differentiate between revenge and honor when forced to face his town's oppressor, a ruthless general, who comes into his shop for a straight razor shave." "Simplicity" received First Place in the short film competition at the 2002 LDS Film Festival, making Thomas that year's recipient of the prestigious Lightbox Award, and a $1,000 cash prize. "Simplicity" was also one of 3 films to receive an Audience Choice Awards, and it was included in the touring "Best of 2002" program. Chet Thomas is the founder of Independent Student Media. Thomas was credited as the assistant to the producer, Gerald R. Molen, in the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie "Minority Report" (2002). Thomas served as the location manager for the TV movies or miniseries "Divided by Hate" (1997), "Night Sins" (1997), "Invasion of Privacy" (1996), "The President's Child" (CBS), "The Bigamist Story" (CBS), and "An Appointment for a Killing" (NBC).
Dian Thomas
Latter-day Saint. Website: Bio from her website (
Today families are on the run and I want to help! I understand how daily activities can often become dreaded tasks. That's one of the reasons I got involved in the outdoor/craft industry. Many of my craft ideas transform everyday items into fun solutions and projects

Some people create crafts and projects that look great in the book or on television, but once the instructions are laid out in front of you, the project seems close to impossible. All of my ideas are designed to make your life easier-not more difficult. If you are unable to carry out one of my ideas because it is too hard, then I have failed. My goal is to provide you with fun ways to spice up your life through easy recipes, crafts, camping ideas, and many more creative concepts.

Many people ask me where my ideas come from. I'm sometimes characterized as being a well of creativity that never seems to run dry. My creativity has sprung from the need to problem-solve. For fourteen years, when I was appearing on the NBC Today show and the ABC Home show, the problem was to come up with new ideas for the show every week! This made me stretch my thinking and perspective. Creativity became a habit that is now part of me. I search for new ideas everywhere I go, and I'm always on the lookout for anything simple and clever.

You can tap into your store of creativity as well! Listen and continually expose yourself to new ways of doing things. Watch for ideas that transform ordinary items into something else. Try a new approach to an old task. You'll surprise your family, your friends, and yourself

I was raised in a time before technology became an integral part of our lives. Because of that, and an insatiable appetite for adventure I have been able to develop the creative spirit within myself. People always ask me how I come up with all my ideas. My answer usually is that I've lived my entire life creatively and it has, quite simply, taken over the way I do everything and become my life's work.

I used the knowledge and love of the outdoors I gained during my childhood to write my first book, Roughing It Easy, in 1974. From there my creative lifestyle spiraled me into the public eye, from appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, to regular segments for eight years on NBC's Today Show, and six years on ABC's Home Show. The time I spent on both of those shows also gave me the material to write and publish eight books that encompassed the ideas I was able to bring into people's homes weekly.

Creativity is not just my life-it's my mission. I believe it is the guiding force to happiness. Being creative is fun and I want to do what I can to make sure the world has as much fun as it possibly can. I want to share that creative spirit with you. This web site and my books contain philosophies that I have used to bring fun and creativity to my family and friends for years. I hope my ideas will help you and your family develop a creative atmosphere in your home.

Jacob Thomas
Lives in Murray, Utah. Grip for Blair Treu's Leucadia film "Just Like Dad" (1996), the Lecuadia film "Breaking Free" (1995), and the film "Invasion of Privacy" (1996).
Laina Thomas
Grip for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Script supervisor for the independent comedy film "Hungry" (2000).
Sarah Wheat Thomas
Sarah Wheat Whittaker
Sometimes credited as: Sarah Thomas; Sarah Wheat Whittaker. Married to mountain climber and filmmaker Win Whittaker. First assistant camera for "Partners in Crime" (2000), "Stranger Than Fiction" (1999), "Made Men" (1999), "Friends & Lovers" (1999), "Coyote Summer" (1996), "The Paper Brigade" (1996), "Wish Upon a Star" (1996), "Just Like Dad" (1996) and "Unabomber: The True Story" (1996). Assistant second assistant camera for "Night of the Running Man" (1994). First assistant camera for the TV series "Visitor" (1997). Did stunt skiing in the movie "Ski Patrol" (1990).
Terry H. Thomas
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also credited as: Terry Thomas. Location audio. Location music coordinator for the movie "Ski Patrol" (1990).
Wayne Thomas
Driver for the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1992).
Carmen Thompson
Comedian. She was born into a fundamentalist polygamist subculture in Utah. She has used her experiences as a sixth wife in a polygamist family in her comedy routines. As a polygamist, she was not a member of the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whichstrictly disallows polygamy and excommunicates those who enter into plural marriages. After fifteen years as a plural wife, she decided that she still believed in polygamy, but not in Latter-day Saint theology. She left the culture of her birth, met an Evangelical Christian polygamist and became his second wife, but this marriage lasted less than a year. Carmen Thompson is currently the public relations director for Tapestry an anti-polgamy organization. Thompson appears in the documentary "Many Wives: Vows of Silence" (2000). She has appeared in comedy clubs all over America including The Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Laugh Factory. Her comedy is based on her experiences as a mom and the sixth wife of a Mormon polygamist. She is working on a screenplay based on her real life experiences titled "Vows of Deception."
Corina Thompson
Costume designer, key makeup artist and hair stylist and an on-screen extra for Christian Vuissa's short film "Unfolding" (2003).
Chris Thompson
BYU film student. Director of the 10-min. film "Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife" (2001), described thus: "Mr. Preble, a small-town lawyer has an open conversation with his bossy wife about killing her so that he can run away with his stenographer. Based on the short story by James Thurber." Director of the short film (5 min., 45 sec.) "One Man's Milk," described thus: "Tim sets off on a vengeful journey which ultimately leads to a tearful understanding." Assistant editor for the KBYU documentary "Letting God Have His Way: A Conversation about C.S. Lewis" (1999).
Shaunna Thompson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in American Fork, Utah with her husband, Brian Thompson. Actress. Appeared in multiple episodes of "Touched by an Angel." Performs frequently in stage plays and commercials in Utah. Has appeared in a number of public service commercials (PSAs) made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including "Can Daddy Read Me A Story?" Has played Emma Smith in a Church production. For 18 months she starred in TV commercials for the Ken Garff auto dealership. In 2003 she appeared in commercials for Cyprus Credit Union. Also does voice-over work.
Steve Thompson
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Production manager of the KBYU documentary "Minerva Teichert: A Mission in Paint" (1988).
Elbert D. Thomas
Latter-day Saint. Birth name: Elbert Duncan Thomas. Born 17 June 1883, Salt Lake City, Utah. Died 11 February 1953, Honolulu, Hawaii. U.S. senator from Utah (1933-51). Appears (as himself in archival footage) in the documentary "War Comes to America" (1945), also known as part 7 of the series "Why We Fight." Webpage:,ELBERT.html
Kent Thompson
Lives in Utah. Framer, carpenter. Works on set construction. Company: Highland Woodworks.
Kurt Thompson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Jerome, Idaho. Biggest investor in Gary Rogers' feature film "The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol. 1: The Journey." The movie had a production budget of $1.5 million and an initial Prints and Advertising of $500,000, for a total of $2 million. Thompson was also credited as an executive producer of the film. Owner and operator of Jerome Homes. Two of Thompson's sons and their families were extras in the movie.
Shauna Thompson
Utah-based actress. Supporting roles in the direct-to-video feature films "Pure Race" (1995), directed by Rocco DeVilliers, and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (2001). Guest role on an episode of "Touched by an Angel" in 1997.
Arrahwanna Thomsen
Sometimes credited as: Arrahwanna P. Thomsen. Script supervisor for Blair Treu's TV movie "Just Like Dad" (1996), the TV movie "Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View" (1992) and "Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat" (1989).
Fred Thorne
Lives in Ogden, Utah. Stunt man whose credits include "Road to Perdition" (2002), "Just a Dream" (2002) and "Little Secrets" (2001). He doubled for the lead character "Emily" (a 14-year-old girl) in the character's fall from a roof in the movie "Little Secrets."
Kip Thorne
Latter-day Saint (non-practicing). Best known as one of the world's leading physicists in the area of black holes. Research scientist at Cambridge University. He is an interviewee in the documentary "A Brief History of Time" (1992), based on fellow scientist Stephen Hawking's book.
David Thornell
Lives in Bountiful, Utah with his wife Linda. Voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997).
Darell Thorpe
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also credited as: Darell D. Thorpe. Attended Salt Lake Community College. Has worked extensively as a security officer and martial arts instructor. Has done extensive research and writing about historic Christianity, world history, rituals, legends, traditions and polemical issues, and has appeared on radio shows discussing these topics. Was the host of the radio show "Out of the Best Books," KZZI 1510 AM Radio, West Jordan, Utah, 1987 to 1988. Co-host for 1 year on KTKK 630 AM Radio. Has produced historical documentaries for college projects. Currently producing an independent science fiction martial arts film: "Cosmic Agents: Episode One: When Earth Became an Endangered Species."
Kevin Thurman
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Orem, Utah. Production assistant intern at LDS Motion Picture Studios. Production assistant on the Latter-day Saint-themed feature films "Brigham City" (2001) and "The Singles Ward" (2002). Producer/director of radio advertising for Lorax.
Mary Thurman
Born 27 April 1895, Richfield, Utah. Died 22 December 1925, New York City (bronchopneumonia). Birth name: Mary Christiansen. Actress who had major roles in over 40 movies, including: A Little Girl in a Big City (1925); The Mad Marriage (1925); The Fool (1925); The Necessary Evil (1925); Back to Life (1925); The Law and the Lady (1924); Playthings of Desire (1924); Greater Than Marriage (1924); For Another Woman (1924); Those Who Judge (1924); Trouping with Ellen (1924); The Truth About Women (1924); Love of Women (1924); Does It Pay? (1923); A Bride for a Knight (1923); Zaza (1923); Wife in Name Only (1923); The Tents of Allah (1923); The Bond Boy (1922); The Green Temptation (1922); Leap Year (1921); The Sin of Martha Queed (1921); The Lady From Longacre (1921); The Primal Law (1921); A Broken Doll (1921); Bare Knuckles (1921); In the Heart of a Fool (1920); The Scoffer (1920); The Valley of Tomorrow (1920).
Russ Thurman
Sometimes credited as: Captain Russ "Gunny" Thurman. Military technical advisor for the films "Cadence" (1991), "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and "84C MoPic" (1989). Minor parts onscreen in "Vietnam War Story: The Last Days" (1989) and "2.84C MoPic" (1989).
Wallace Thurman
Born 16 August 1902, Salt Lake City. Died 22 December 1934, New York City. Writer of "High School Girl" (1934) and "Tomorrow's Children" (1934).
Brian Tibbets
Latter-day Saint. Singer. Member of the Utah-based band "Colors," along with Russell Dixon and Brian Tibbets. All of them are returned missionaries. Tibbets is a guitarist. The band was the focus of Tucker T. Dansie's documentary "Colors: Up Close & Personal" (1999), which is sold on video in Latter-day Saint bookstores. Website:
Jason Tieman
Latter-day Saint. Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona. Lives in Provo, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Jason "Badger" Tieman; Jason J. Tieman. Student at Brigham Young University. Art department intern for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). Tau Alpha Pi officer in the Student Council for the College of Engineering and Technology at BYU.
Scott Tiffany
Latter-day Saint. Lives in New York City. Writer/director of numerous the documentaries, including "Forgotten Voyage: The Mormon Sea Trek That Sparked the Gold Rush" (2002) and the History Channel miniseries "Big Deals: Inside History's Largest Business Deals" (2002). "Forgotten Voyage" won the award for Best Documentary at the 2002 Gloria Film Festival (Salt Lake City International Film Festival) and the 2003 Thunderbird International Film Festival (held in Cedar City, Utah). Scott Tiffany been the writer/director or writer/producer of documentary films for the Travel Channel, American Movie Classics, The History Channel and the Foot Network. Profile Page
Jon Tilton
Lives in Park City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: JT Tilton; John Tilton. Electrician credits: Water with Food Coloring (2001); The Crow: Salvation (2000); Absence of the Good (1999); Passion in the Desert (1997). Electrician/grip credits include: Night Sins, Touched by an Angel, Romancing the Stone, Geronimo, B.L. Stryker. Gaffer credits include: Windwalker (1980), A Hobo's Christmas (1987), Christmas in the Clouds, The Horse Whisperer, Footloose, The Sandlot, Harmful Intent. Was also an electrician for "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" (1980) and "Nora's Christmas Gift" (1989), two classic Christmas films produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rigging grip credits: Radio Inside (1994); Hoosiers (1986). Lamp operator: Cujo (1983). Grip for "John Baker's Last Race" (1976), a classic Church video made at BYU and LDS Motion Picture Studio.
Virginia Timmons
Lives in Sandy, Utah. Producer of commercials and industrial films for clients including Arctic Circle Campaign, Casino Arizona, Deseret News, and Knott's Berry Farm.
Brandon Tippetts
Utah filmmaker. Along with Lonie Black he made the 12-minute film "Unavailable," shown at the "Works From Along the Wasatch Front" screening in Salt Lake City, Utah in October 2002.
Thomas J. Tobin
Sometimes credited as: Thomas Tobin. Director of "Fraternity Row" (1977). Has worked at Living Scriptures, Inc. with animation director Richard Rich on numerous short animated films based on the Bible and Book of Mormon. For example, was the assistant director and an editor for "He Is Risen" (1988) and "The Miracles of Jesus" (1989). Co-producer of the animated feature films "The Trumpet of the Swan" (2000) and "The Swan Princess" (1994), as well as 2 "Swan Princess" sequels. Executive producer of the animated video "The Scarecrow" (2000). Music producer for the animated "King and I" (1999).
Kelly Tobler
Second assistant director for the award-winning short BYU student film "Peluca" (2002).
Ruth Todd
Latter-day Saint. Broadcast journalist. Seen regularly as the lead prime time anchor for the Channel 4 Utah News Team (KTVX). Made a cameo appearance in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). Was a presenter at the 2002 Pearl Awards, honoring Latter-day Saint musicians.
Randy Tolbert
Second unit grip for the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1992).
John Told
Lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Art director. Nominated for an Emmy Award as the set dectorator of the "Donny and Marie" show in 1976. The nomination, shared with art director Bill Bohnert, was for Outstanding Art Direction or Scenic Design for a Comedy-Variety or Music Series. John Told was the set decorator on this immensely distinctive-looking show which ran from 1976 to 1979, filmed in Orem, Utah. Also set decorator for the TV movie "Evil in Clear River" (1988). Art director for the movies "China O'Brien" (1990) and "China O'Brien II" (1991)
Ginger Tolman
Lives in Park City, Utah. Craft service provider for many commercials, including: Kellogg's, Chevy Blazer, NBA, Talbots, Mercury, US Ski Team.
Melissa Kay Toney
Kay Toney
Latter-day Saint. Key make-up artist and hair dresser on the CD-ROM game "Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive" (1996), the direct-to-video films "The ButterCream Gang" (1992) and "Saturday's Warrior" (1989). Assistant make-up on "The Crawlers" (1993). Hair/make-up on the TV series "Promised Land" (1996-1999).
Heather Toone
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah. Assistant director for the feature romantic comedy "Love Surreal" (2004), which was made by a primarily LDS crew, including director Ryan Little. Assistant director of a number the Church-produced film "First Vision" (2003), and other films, including "Dead Ringer", the "Modern Prophets" videos, and "The City Of Joseph." Assistant director for the Latter-day Saint-themed video "A Pioneer Miracle" (2003), directed by T.C. Christensen. Second assistant director for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature films "The R.M." (2003), "The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol. 1: The Journey" (2003), "Saints and Soldiers" (2004) and "The Work and the Glory: Pillar of Light" (2004). Second assistant director for the feature film "Down and Derby" (2004), directed by Eric Hendershot. 2nd Assistant Director of the PBS documentary "The Call of Story" (2002). 2nd 2nd Assistant Director of the direct-to-video film "A Kid Called Danger" (1999), directed by Hendershot. Set P.A. on the Church-produced 70mm film "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000) and the IMAX film "Texas: The Big Picture" (2003).
Alex Torres
Grip for the movies "The Rage" (1997), "Same River Twice" (1996), "Invasion of Privacy" (1996) and "Unhook the Stars" (1996), all filmed in Utah. Then production assistant for "Richard Roe" (2001), filmed in California.
Ray Tostado
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Driver for "Windrunner" (1995), "Breaking Free" (1995), and Blair Treu's films "Wish Upon a Star" (1996) and "Just Like Dad" (1995), all produced by Leucadia. In 2000 he said he was retiring from 43 years in film production to become a full time macadamia farmer in Kona, Hawaii. Described himself as "the world's most experienced owner/designer/operator in the field of camera cars, having performed these special services since 1964." Spent 35 years in the Hollywood market before moving to Salt Lake City. Recent Utah-based credits include: "Con Air", "Dumb & Dumber", "Meet the Deedles" and "Truth or Consequences, N.M."
Colleen Townsend
Latter-day Saint. Born 21 December 1928, Glendale, California. During her film career she was a Latter-day Saint, and then midway through her film career she became a Presbyterian and married a Presbyterian pastor. She has since written many books. Star of the movie "Again... Pioneers" (1950). Major supporting roles in "The Walls of Jericho" (1948), "When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950) and "Chicken Every Sunday" (1948). Small roles in at least 7 other movies, including: Souls in Conflict (1955); Sing Your Way Home (1945); The Very Thought of You (1944); Hollywood Canteen (1944); Janie (1944).
Ray Tracey
Latter-day Saint. Navajo. Actor. Was a student at Brigham Young University when Kieth Merrill discovered him and gave him is first acting job. Star of Kieth Merrill's documentary "Indian." Title role in the feature film "Joe Panther" (1976). Major supporting role in the feature film "Dream Catcher" (2002), on which he is also an executive producer. Smaller roles in the feature film "Seems Like Old Times" (1980) and the TV miniseries "Centennial" (1978) and "How the West Was Won" (1978). TV guest appearances include: Bret Maverick (1981); Lou Grant (1977); Young Maverick (1979); How The West Was Won (1978); Hart To Hart (1979); House Calls (1979); Private Benjamin (1981). Has also focused on making Native American jewelry. Website:
Jerry Tracy
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Actor. Bachelor of Arts Theatre, Weber State University (Ogden, Utah). Currently completing a Master of Arts Education degree at the University of Phoenix in Salt Lake City. Played a senator (as a background player) in the MGM feature film "Legally Blonde 2" (2003). Background player in the Pandemonium Films "The First Vampire." Recurring background player on the TV series "Everwood" (2002-2003). Had lead roles in Weber State University stage productions of Boys Life; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Case of the Crushed Petunias and A Streetcar named Desire. Speaks Spanish and Italian. Website:
Kaleb Tracy
Film student at Brigham Yount University.
C. Michael "Mike" Trapp
Latter-day Saint. Info from the website for "The Rebuilding of the Nauvoo Temple" video, written by Trapp (
C. Michael "Mike" Trapp has spent over 25 years of tireless dedication to the research and preservation of the history of Nauvoo and its surrounding areas. He is the expert in Nauvoo history having other authors, researchers and historians frequently seek his knowledge and expertise. He is a gifted historian with a driving passion to share his knowledge with others. The moment the rebuilding of the Nauvoo Temple was announced in April 1999, Michael Trapp began documenting the events and steps taken to reconstruct this historic edifice. Mike gathered footage and images unavailable anywhere else, and presents them with inspiring stories and details.

Tim Trent
Lives in Orem, Utah with his wife Bonnie. Master beveler. Credited as a "special effects artist" for the Leucadia TV movie "Windrunner" (1995). Company: Artisans Art Glass Beveling. Info from website (
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Blair Treu
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Orem, Utah with his wife Cheryll. Graduate of Brigham Young University. Producer/director of the theatrically-released feature film "Little Secrets" (2002), which was distributed by Columbia TriStar. Director of earlier films that were direct-to-video or TV movies: The (2000); Phantom of the Megaplex (2000); The Paper Brigade (1996), Wish Upon a Star (1996), Just Like Dad (1995). Received Crystal Heart awards at the Heartland Film Festival for "Little Secrets", "Wish Upon a Star" and "Just Like Dad." Director of numerous films for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the videos "Called to Serve" and "Teacher Do You Love Me." Director of numerous episodes of the TV series "Power Rangers" (1997-1999) and "Chicken Soup for the Soul" (1999). Profile Page
Carli Treu
Latter-day Saint. Daughter of feature film director Blair Treu. Lives in Orem, Utah. Bit part as "Girl #2" in her father's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002).
Chris Triffo
Latter-day Saint. Canadian documentary filmmaker. Won an Emmy Award for "13 Seconds: The Kent State Shootings" (2000). Won the Gemini Award for the HBO documentary "Dad" (1998). Other credits include the documentary films "Baby Crash" (2002), "Men of Valour: Heroes of the Victoria Cross" (2001), and "Survivors" (1999). Director of the TV series "ExtraOrdinary Lives" (2002), "Disasters of the Century" (2001-2002), and "Beyond Medicine" (1999).
Dave Trottier
Lives in Cedar Hills, Utah. Screenwriter. Sometimes credited as: David Trottier. Writer of the documentary the direct-to-video movies "The Penny Promise" (2001) and "Hercules Recycled" (1994), which he also produced. Bio from his website (
Dave Trottier has sold several screenplays and developed projects for The Walt Disney Company, Jim Henson Pictures, York Entertainment, On the Bus Productions, Hill Fields (for ABC) and New Century Pictures. Titles include Igor's Revenge (produced), Zorro the Gay Blade (produced, but not credited), The Muppet's Hockey Movie-The Comeback Kids (not completed due to Jim Henson's death), Ratman From Saturn, Kumquat, The New Musketeers, and A Window in Time. He co-wrote and co-produced the cult comedy, Hercules Recycled, now available on video.  Most recently, he wrote A Penny Promise (now produced), for a regional production company (to be released in 2001), and is in pre-production with A Summer with Hemingway's Twin, an inspiring story about the Hemingway women.

As a script consultant, he has helped dozens of his clients sell their work and win or place in contests (including two Nicholl Fellowship winners and a National Play Award winner). His book, The Screenwriter's Bible (now in its third edition), is a top seller. He has written a column for Script since 1989, and has published over a hundred articles in Writer's Digest, Hollywood Scriptwriter, Road & Track, USA TODAY, Vision, Disney Channel Magazine, COINage, Gift & Stationery, Single Parent, Creative Screenwriting, and other national publications. He was recently interviewed by American Writer. His short story collection, Dexter's First Date and Other Titillating Tales, was also published.

With his B.A. in business administration (from Cal-State, Fullerton), Dave has a strong business and management background. He served for five years as the marketing manager and then executive vice president for a distributor of memorabilia and precious metals (about 150 employees). Prior to that, he was in middle management for a large corporation. As a marketing consultant and business writer, his past clients include The Walt Disney Company, Honda Acura, American Premiere, Lucasfilm, Nutrex, Mitsubishi Materials, Ivy Communications, and Citizen America. He edited the quarterly newsletter Precious Metals Today for four years.

Dave has an M.A. from Goddard College and is a graduate of both the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute and the Hollywood Film Institute.  He teaches occasional classes in marketing and communications at the University of Phoenix and has taught writing and communications courses at over 30 American universities. He served on the board of the Arts & Humanities Department of Cal-State, Long Beach, before moving to his present home in Utah where he married Virginia artist and educator Marsha Sawyer (1999).

Bruce Troxell
Born 28 October 1956, Cleveland, Ohio. Birth name: Bruce Roderick Troxell. Sometimes credited as: Bruce R. Troxell. Writer/director of "The Creator's Game" (1999), a feature film about lacrosse, sold on video.
Dave Tucker
Utah-based actor. Small role in "The Creator's Game" (1999), an independent feature-length film made mostly by BYU students. Background parts in the TV movies "Before He Wakes" (1998) and "Night Sins" (1997). Appeared in a Novell commercial. Has appeared on stage, mostly at StageRight Theater in Salt Lake City, in Bus Stop; Midsummer Night's Dream; Don't Drink the Water (lead); Witness for the Prosecution; My Three Angels; She Stoops to Conquer; My Three Angels (lead); Taming of the Shrew; Crazy for You; Rainmaker; Dames at Sea (lead). IMDb also credits him with doing visual effects work for the TV movies "Witch Hunt" (1994) and "Danger Island" (1992).
Natalie Tucker
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Born circa 1981. Director of the short film "Deterioration," shown as part of the "Works from along the Wasatch Front" series at the Utah Film & Video Center, November 2000. Director of the short film "Artists of Expression" at "Works from along the Wasatch Front," December 2000. Director of the 30-second short film "My Life," shown at "Works from along the Wasatch Front" in April 2001. Director of the 11-minute documentary "The Latter-day Transvestites," shown at the Loaf-I film festival in Salt Lake City, 2002. "The Latterday Transvestites" was shown at the October 2002 "Works from along the Wasatch Front" screening. Info from (written 15 September 1999):
My name is Natalie Tucker and I'm originally from Kansas City but going to school at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I am 18 years old and majoring in Film. My dream is to edit and film movies or tv shows or any type of film I can get my hands on.

Brady Tuckett
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife, Susan. Director, videographer and cinematographer. Cinematographer for the cable TV documentaries "My Father's Gun" (2002) and "Faces of Evil" (2000), both of which were produced and directed by Phil Tuckett.
Phil Tuckett
Latter-day Saint. Writer/producer/director of many sports-related sports films, including "Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert, Vol. 3" (1991), "The Greatest Sports Follies" (1989) and "Before They Were Pros" (1997). Winner of multiple Emmy awards. Writer/producer/director of non-sports films "Live at Isstadion Stockholm" (1987) and the TNT documentary "Faces of Evil" (2000). Most of his films are related to the NFL (professional football).
Evelyn Tuddenham
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Regional public-involvement coordinator for the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). Location scout for "Look Into Our Library." Associate producer for "Christmas In April", "Look Into Your Library", "Prevent Pollution on Reservation" and "Training Your Bird the Alex Way."
Ambrosia Tuft
Utah filmmaker. Made the 15-second film "Were Are Drowning," shown at the "Works From Along the Wasatch Front" screening in Salt Lake City, Utah in October 2002.
Daryn Tufts
Latter-day Saint. Born 1 April 1973, Arcadia, California. Lives in Utah. Actor and screenwriter. Best known for his 3rd-billed role in Kurt Hale's Latter-day Saint-themed feature comedy "The Singles Ward" (2002). Tufts played "Eldon," a painfully nerdy single Latter-day Saint (and Franklin Planner enthusiast) who is the roommate of the film's lead, played by Will Swenson. Tufts also made a cameo appearance in Hale's 2nd feature film, "The R.M." (2003). Tufts was a member of the BYU-based comedy troupe The Garrens, and is currently a member of the Salt Lake City-based improvisational comedy troupe "The Skinny Lincolns." He also performs regularly in Provo with 23 Skidoo. Tufts is also an accomplished writer. He has won ADDY Awards from the Utah Advertising Federation for commercial spots he wrote for IBM in 2000 ("Keep It Simple" and "Good Guys In, Bad Guys Out"). He has also written commercials for clients such as National Instruments, Legato and Handspring. Tufts was credited with writing "Additional Screenplay" material for "The R.M." His comedy/romance/science fiction novel Me, Myself & EFY (set at the "Especially For Youth" camp at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah) was released in October 2002. Tufts has written a feature length screenplay, "Blood White," with a planned 2003 theatrical release date. Website:
Paul Tuerpe
Latter-day Saint. Birth name: Werner Paul "Lucky" Tuerpé. Sometimes credited as: Paul Tuerpé. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU). Actor who has played small roles, often as henchmen or thugs, in numerous big-budget Hollywood movies, including: The Glass House (2001); Osmosis Jones (2001); Lethal Weapon 4 (1998); The X-Files (1998); Conspiracy Theory (1997); Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995); Maverick (1994); Radio Flyer (1992); Lethal Weapon 3 (1992); Lethal Weapon 2 (1989); Three Fugitives (1989); Scrooged (1988); Lethal Weapon (1987); The Goonies (1985); Ladyhawke (1985); The Toy (1982); Superman (1978); Airport '77 (1977). Director of one feature film, "View from the Swing" (2000), an independent film produced by Gerald R. Molen. TV guest appearances inclue: Airwolf; CHiPs; Chicago Hope; Dynasty; Judging Amy; Knight Rider; M*A*S*H; Matt Houston; Murder, She Wrote; Scarecrow and Mrs. King; Simon & Simon; Starman; Sunset Beach; The Incredible Hulk; Wonder Woman. Bio from BYU alum newsletter:
Werner Paul "Lucky" Tuerpé, ('71) Simi Valley, California: "Just completed 14 weeks of filming in a feature film, Conspiracy Theory, starring Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts and Patrick Stewart. Last summer I filmed a family short film about a dad and his son fishing for the first time, entitled "Grandpa's Lake." This was just sold to a new cable channel in the tri-state area. I am partners with another actor, Alan Feinstein, in a school for actors, where we both are teaching the craft. During the television season, I am doing voice-over work for such shows as Law and Order, High Incident, Chicago Hope, and ER. I have been married for 16 years to my wonderful wife Terri, and God has blessed us with two beautiful children.

Della Tunks
Craft service for the Feature Films For Families video "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993) and Scott Featherstone's independent feature film "Same River Twice" (1996).
Michael S. Tunks
Electrician for the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1991).
Miso Tunks
Lives in Moab, Utah. Additional camera operator and key gaffer for "Alyson's Closet" (1998). Rigging electrician for "Passion in the Desert" (1997). Electricians/gaffers on commercials, including Evo (Arkham Films), Peroxide Passion (Diamond Films), Wheaties (The End). Grip on commercials, including Questar (Holy Cow), JHRA (Masako), Toyota (AMBC Video).
Andy Turek
Lives in the Moab, Utah area. Rigging electrician/gaffer for the movies "Passion in the Desert" (1997) and "Breakdown" (DeLaurentis), and for commercials, including Taco Bell. Grip for commercials, including E & S (Universal Century 3), Lexus (Flying M Films), Peroxide Passion (Diamond Films).
Gene Turner
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: Gene A. Turner. Actor. Had a bit part as a bookie in the independent feature film "The Creator's Game" (1999), a film made primarily by BYU students and produced by Lance C. Williams. Bit part as a ticket seller in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002), also produced by Williams.
Michelle Turrini
Production coordinator. Credits include: "Los Amigos De Mis Amigas", "Esto De Quererte." Assist production. 2nd, 1st assist. camera. Television work and several infomercials, different films and projects. Website:
Barry Tuttle
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Cheryl. Sometimes credited as: Barry J. Tuttle. Transportation coordinator or transportation captain for numerous Utah-made feature films and TV movies, including: Double Teamed (2002); Just a Dream (2001); Partners in Crime (2000); Stranger Than Fiction (1999); Virtual Obsession (1998); Coyote Summer (1996); The Paper Brigade (1996); Breaking Free (1995); Wish Upon a Star (1996); Just Like Dad (1995); Windrunner (1995); Neon City (1992); Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View (1992); In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (1992); Love Kills (1991); China O'Brien (1990).
Mia Tyler
Born 22 December 1978, Salt Lake City, Utah. Birth name: Mia Abigail Tyler. Lead role in the feature film "A Little Bit of Lipstick" (2000). Major role in the feature-length dramatic thriller "Don't Stand So Close to Me" (2000). Cameo appearance in the comedy "Da Hip Hop Witch" (2000). TV guest appearances on "ER" and "The West Wing." Tyler is also known as a leading plus-size model. IMDb bio:
Daughter of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and is half-Sister of actress Liv Tyler as they both have different mothers. Mia's mother is Cyrinda Foxe. Mia has 2 other syblings who are again from a different mother but same father. They are Chelsea Anna Tyler and Taj Monroe Tyler. Teresa Barrick is the mother of those 2 children. Like her sister Liv Tyler she started out as a model and got into acting.

Tobijah Tyler
Utah-based actor and filmmaker. Also credited as: Toby Tyler. First assistant director for the movie "Just a Dream" (2002). Assistant director for the major feature film "Black Knight" (2001), starring Martin Lawrence. Associate producer of the independent family films "No Place Like Home" (2001) and "Dumb Luck" (2001), both of which were written and directed by Craig Clyde. First assistant director for the TV movie "Absence of the Good" (1999). Second assistant director (or 2nd 2nd) for Blair Treu's TV movie "Just Like Dad" (1996), the feature films "The Right Temptation" (2000), the Leucadia direct-to-video movie "Coyote Summer" (1996) and the theatrically released horror feature "Like Hell: Jeepers Creepers 2" (2003). Tyler played the lead role as "Raul Washington" in the short film "Alyson's Closet" (1998), which he also wrote and executive produced. Plays "York," the only African-American member of the expedition team in the TV movie "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West" (2002). Key set production assistant for Leucadia's "Breaking Free" (1995). Production assistant for the Feature Films For Families video "Rigoletto" (1993). Bio from cast notes for Plan-B Theatre's A Place in the Sky (
Tobijah studied theatre at Utah State University (with and emphasis on play writing) where he appeared in and teched several productions including The Merchant of Venice. Tobijah has developed several original screen plays, "Deemed Animal" and "Severed Colors", and also works in film as an assistant director. He is currently producing and directing Black Box digital films of original work from Salt Lake City filmmakers. Tobijah wasn't going to take this part but Tobin threatened to kill his favorite beanie baby.

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