Bill & Ted's Excellent
The following is a press kit write-up
sent out by Fox to promote
their new live-action Bill and Ted series.
You'll never meet two cooler, hipper or most excellent
dudes than Bill S. Preston, Esquire (Evan Richards) and Ted "Theodore"
Logan (Christopher Kennedy). Long-time best friends from San Dimas,
California, Bill and Ted are typical, American high-school teenagers.
Almost. They just happen to be on a continual journey that takes them
crashing through the past, present and future, courtesy of a time-travelling
The boys are guided through time by Rufus (Rick Overton),
their mentor from the 27th century, who knows that the foundation of future
society is based upon the music from Bill and Ted's band, "Wyld Stallyns."
Rufus' job is crucial: he must keep Bill and Ted on the correct path and their
band playing together in order to end war and poverty and to create harmony
among all living species. Not to mention that their tunes are excellent.
Oblivious to it all is Bill's father, Mr. Preston (Don
Lake), who is married to young, beautiful Missy (Lisa Wilcox). Bill and
Missy are almost the same age, which Bill finds embarrassing. Ted,
however, think's she's "a most bodacious babe" and once even asked her
to the prom.
Then there's Mr. Kielson (Danny Breen), the owner of Nail
World, the hardware store where Bill and Ted work. Always trying to
please, Bill and Ted somehow manage to confuse the customers. While Mr.
Kielson finds their ineptitudes frustrating, he somehow feels a lingering
affection for the boys.
"Bill & Tedís Excellent Adventures" is an
Innuendo Production in association with Nelson 1991, Inc. and Lorimar
Television. Clifton Campbell is executive producer and Joel Surnow is
(Bill S. Preston, Esquire on BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES)
At the age of five, Evan Richards began performing in
commercials and soon advanced to professional theater where he starred in
"Oliver" with the late Dick Shawn and in "Evita" at the
Shubert Theater in Los Angeles. He then landed starring roles as the young
David Copperfield in the Tony-nominated musical, "Copperfield," as
Oliver in "Oliver Twist," and in the comedy "Table Settings"
and "Blue Denim."
Following his stint on Broadway, Richards starred in the
television series "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" and "Mama
Malone." He guest-starred in the series, "Fall Guy" and
"Outlaws" and in the made-for-television-movies, "One Cooks, The
Other Doesn't" with Suzanne Pleshette and Joseph Bologna and "Two
Kinds of Love" with Rick Shroeder and Lindsay Wagner. Richards was
also the voice of "Ralph the Mouse" in the Emmy-nominated "The
Mouse and the Motorcycle" and more recently as Bill in the animated version
of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures."
Richard's feature film credits include "Altered
States," "Twilight Zone: The Movie" and "Down and Out in
Beverly Hills," in which he played Max Whiteman, the flamboyant,
attention-seeking son of Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler.
(Ted "Theodore" Logan on BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES)
Christopher Kennedy worked odd jobs and struggled through
lean times to graduate from the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in
New York City.
Following graduation, Kennedy landed television roles in
episodes of "Top Cops," and the syndicated series, "My Secret
Identity." He later starred in the premiere run of the play, "A
Rare Day in June," at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto.
Kennedy also is the voice of "Ted" for the
animated series, "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures."
(Rufus on BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES)
In the early '70s, Rick Overton began performing a
stand-up comedy routine at the original Improv in New York City, which then led
to him becoming the opening act for rock music groups. His big break came
in 1981 when he performed his act, which he describes as a cross between "a
Warner Brothers cartoon and Lenny Bruce," on HBO's "Sixth Annual Young
Comedians Special." He then had his own HBO "One Night
Stand" special, and has made numerous appearances on "The Arsenio Hall
Show," "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Tonight
Show" and Fox's "Comic Strip Live" and "The Sunday
Overton has also made the transition to films and
television comedies. Last season, he starred in the comedy series,
"Babes." His film credits include a starring role as Franjean,
one of the nine-inch Brownies in "Willow," as well as appearances in
"Young Doctors in Love," "Gung Ho," "Blind Fury,"
"Earth Girls are Easy," "A Sinful Life" and "Beverly
(Missy Preston on BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES)
Lisa Wilcox starred in the fourth and fifth
"Nightmare on Elm Street" theatrical films. Her television
credits include recurring roles on "Knot's Landing," "General
Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless." Wilcox also
guest-starred in the television series, "Star Trek," "Hardcastle
and McCormick," "MacGyver" and "Valerie's Family."
Wilcox's theatrical credits include performances in local
productions of "Picnic," "The Royal Family," and "Stage
(Mr. Preston on BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES)
An alumnus of the The Second City improvisational comedy
troupe, Don Lake has toured Canada and the United States in The Second City
productions of "For A Good Time Call...," "Waiting for John
Doe," "No Man Is A Center Island," "I've Got A Sequel Part
II," "Little Hostile on The Prairie" and "To Mock A
His television credits include guest appearances on
"Parker Lewis Can't Lose," "The Golden Girls," "Not
Necessarily the News," "Murphy Brown," "Midnight
Caller" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."
Lake's feature film credits include "Terminator
II," "Short Circuit II" and "Police Academy."
(Mr. Kielson an BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES)
Danny Breen began his career with The Second City resident
company in Chicago, where he was a member of the improvisational cast from 1979
to 1982. In 1983, Breen moved to Los Angeles and performed in "An
Evening With the Second City" and "Still and Company" at the
Heliotrope Theater. He later joined The Second City troupe in Los Angeles
Breen's television credits include guest-starring roles on
"The Wonder Years," "The Golden Girls," "227,"
"My Talk Show," "The Young and the Restless" and "Days
of Our Lives." Breen's comic sensibilities have also been showcased
on television in the first and second HBO "Comic Relief" specials,
"The American Comedy Awards" and "The 25th Anniversary of the
Breen's film credits include "Casual Sex,"
"Protocol," "The Dirt Bike Kid" and "Wedding
(Executive Producer of BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES)
Clifton Campbell's television credits include producer for
"Wiseguy, " executive story editor for "21 Jump Street" and
staff writer on "Crime Story."
Previously, Campbell was a theatrical writer and won the Joseph
Jefferson writing award for the play, "Nativos."
(Co-Executive Producer of BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES)
Joel Surnow served as co-executive producer on the
television series, "Falcon Crest" and "The Equalizer."
He also was a producer and writer for "St. Elsewhere," "Miami
Vice," "Legman" and "Bay City Blues."
(BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES)
ON AIR: Sundays from 7:00-7:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
FORMAT: A half-hour comedy about the classic misadventures of two time-travelling
teenagers in a rock band whose music is the foundation upon which future society
ORIGINATION: Filmed on location in Vancouver, British Columbia
STARRING: Evan Richards (Bill S. Preston, Esq.)
Christopher Kennedy (Ted "Theodore" Logan)
Rick Overton (Rufus)
Lisa Wilcox (Missy)
Don Lake (Mr. Preston)
Danny Breen (Mr. Kielson)
PRODUCED BY: Innuendo Production in association with Nelson 1991, Inc. and
CHARACTERS CREATED BY: Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon
DEVELOPED FOR TELEVISION BY: Clifton Campbell
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Clifton Campbell
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Joel Surnow
LINE PRODUCER: Steve Beers
PRODUCER: Steve Hollander
PUBLICIST: Phil Gonzales