Veteran 'Character Actors' Bring Strong Bodies of Work to CDI's

LANSING, Mich. - May 27, 2021 - PRLog -- Every performer for stage or screen is, of course, 'a character actor.' Applying their skills in telling the story. The results are oftentimes memorable performances.

The developing and strong ensemble for Collective Development Incorporated's insightful, powerful WWII 'Home Front' drama, 'Silent Night In Algona,' continues with the addition of two veteran artists in supporting roles.

Taylor Nichols, a Michigan native with 30 years in the entertainment business, has been cast to play U.S. Army Chaplain Alan Fluke, while West Virginia resident Greg Mason signs on for his 9th turn in a CDI feature film with the role of Kossuth County (Iowa) Sheriff Peter Lawson.

Mr. Nichols' illustrious career has afforded him the opportunity to bridge generations by working closely opposite the likes of Angela Lansbury, Shelley Winters, James Garner and Charlton Heston to Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, William H. Macy, Bryan Cranston, Ben Affleck and many of Hollywood's best-known actors.

Also a producer and award-winning filmmaker, Mr. Nichols has been a guest star or had recurring roles on more than 100 TV shows. Iconic shows the likes of ER, CSI, Criminal Minds, Modern Family and The Walking Dead and Monk.

He is currently starring in Hulu's Emmy nominated 'Pen15' and 'Perry Mason.'

'Silent Night In Algona' (Inspired by Actual Events) is Mr. Nichols' third film with CDI. He played 'Joseph' in 'Forty Nights' (the first installment of CDI's 'The Quest Trilogy') and Investigator Hayes in 'Bestseller' (written by Christopher Knight, also the author - as Johnathan Rand - of 'Michigan Chillers' and 'American Chillers').

In addition to 20 feature films in his career (including Academy Award nominated 'Metropolitan,' 'Jurassic Park III' and 'Boiler Room,' to 'Godzilla' and 'Chappaquidick'), Mr. Nichols is an experienced theater actor. He's worked at the prestigious Geffen Theater in LA and theaters in NYC.

He is also on faculty as an acting teacher at the UCLA school of Theater, Film and Television.

Mr. Mason is well-known to CDI audiences. His association with the company began in 2001 with 'Knight Chills.'

During the last two decades Mr. Mason, who has been in more than 50 films (starting in 1990 with George Romero's remake of 'Night of the Living Dead'), has given memorable performances in a range of characters in CDI films. From a murder suspect in 'An Ordinary Killer' and cowardly 'gunman' in 'Dean Teaster's Ghost Town' to the kindly uncle McKinney in 'Wild Faith' (now in development for a TV series, 'Hastings').

Mr. Mason, also a producer, is a comedic natural with his timing. He played 'Roo' in 'Small Town America' and Pete in 'Daryl,' hilarious romps with quirky characters.

'Silent Night In Algona,' directed by Anthony Hornus, rolls cameras this fall in Iowa.

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