Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures

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 telephone booth.

    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 co-executive producer.

EVAN RICHARDS
(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.

CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY
(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."

RICK OVERTON
(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 Comics."

    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 Hills Cop."

LISA WILCOX
(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 Door."

DON LAKE
(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 Kilogram."

    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."

DANNY BREEN
(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 in 1989.

    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 Second City."

    Breen's film credits include "Casual Sex," "Protocol," "The Dirt Bike Kid" and "Wedding Band."

CLIFTON CAMPBELL
(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."

JOELSURNOW
(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."

FACT SHEET
(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 is based.

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 Lorimar Television

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