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More to the 'Dolphin Tale' cast than the big stars

Now that principal photography is under way for Dolphin Tale, it behooves us to learn a bit about the involved actors who haven't won an Oscar, don't fill concert arenas and haven't run barefoot on the racetrack after her husband won the Indy 500 (again).

After all, no movie star who isn't really a star at the moment wishes to go unrecognized.

Without any official news releases yet from the Dolphin Tale staff, we're mostly going by the handy, dandy Internet Movie Database's IMDb Pro system. It's always worth noting that IMDb members have the ability to add information, so posting overblown vanity credits is an issue — and quite possible in a couple of cases here.

For now, though, here are a few of the actors supporting Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr.

Oh, yeah, and Winter the bottlenose dolphin, too.

NATHAN GAMBLE: Gamble plays Sawyer, the son of Judd's character, who bonds with Winter during the dolphin's recuperation. The 12-year-old actor has the screen resume of an actor twice his age. Already he appeared in the films The Dark Knight, Marley & Me, The Mist and Babel, and on television with roles in Ghost Whisperer, House M.D., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without a Trace.

COZI ZUEHLSDORFF: Zuehlsdorff is making her screen debut after an extended nationwide talent search, playing Hazel, the daughter of Connick's Clearwater Marine Aquarium director.

AUSTIN STOWELL: The 6-foot-2 aspiring heartthrob plays Kyle, a neighborhood idol of Sawyer's whose farewell barbecue was the sequence filmed Monday in Clearwater. He plays Jesse on TV's The Secret Life of American Teenagers and had one-shot roles in 90210 and Secret Girlfriend.

KIM OSTRENKO: The Miami actor plays Alice, the supportive sister of Judd's Lorraine. IMDbPro lists 15 credits for her, notably the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and the raunchy teen comedy Sex Drive.

MICHAEL ROARK: The Tampa actor gets a character name — Donovan Peck — but the connection with Winter and Sawyer is uncertain at this time. Roark had one-shot appearances on episodes of The Glades, Drop Dead Diva and The Vampire Diaries.

JIM FITZPATRICK: Playing Kyle's father, hosting that farewell barbecue. The former Tarzan at Busch Gardens and Tampa Bay Bandits football player had small roles in such films as Armageddon and Elizabethtown, and TV roles in All My Children, JAG and Star Trek: Enterprise.

Steve Persall can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8365. Read his blog, Reeling in the Years, at

More to the 'Dolphin Tale' cast than the big stars 10/01/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 9:47pm]
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