John Stamos ('ER') to Star in and Produce Lifetime Original Movie 'Killing Mr. Kissel' (Working Title), Based on the Shocking True Story of the Deaths of Two Multi-Millionaire Brothers and the Trail of Money, Mansions and Mayhem They Left Behind
Robin Tunney (CBS' 'The Mentalist') Co-Stars as Nancy Kissell
LOS ANGELES, June 6 -- John Stamos ("ER") is set to star
in and produce the Lifetime Original Movie "Killing Mr. Kissel" (wt), based
on the shocking true story of two multi-millionaire brothers who both
married the women of their dreams and wound up dead. "Killing Mr. Kissel"
will premiere this November on Lifetime Television.
In making the announcement Tanya Lopez, Senior Vice President, Original
Movies, Lifetime Networks, said, "People are fascinated by the private
lives of the rich and there is a part of all of us that wants to have the
lifestyle that money brings." She added, "While entertaining, this story --
about one family's quest for the American dream that spiraled out of
control -- also reminds us to 'be careful what you wish for.'"
In "Killing Mr. Kissel," real estate mogul Andrew Kissel (Stamos)
marries sporty blond ski instructor, Hayley Wolff (Gretchen Egolf,
"Journeyman"), while his younger brother Rob Kissel (Anson Mount,
"Conviction"), a New York investment banker, marries social climber Nancy
Keeshin (Robin Tunney). On the surface, it seems that both the Kissel
brothers are starting idyllic families. After Rob moves his family to Hong
Kong for a promotion, Nancy grows to resent his long work hours. In
retaliation, Nancy begins a torrid affair and ultimately kills Rob by
drugging him and bludgeoning him to death, igniting worldwide media frenzy.
Years later, Andrew is caught embezzling millions of dollars to support his
increasingly lavish lifestyle and drug addiction. With the courts breathing
down his neck, former business partners turning on him, and a frustrated
and embarrassed wife filing for divorce, Andrew is found dead in the
basement of his Greenwich mansion. The question remains: was Andrew
murdered by one of his many enemies, or did he arrange it himself in order
to escape his living nightmare?
John Stamos is a successful actor/producer with a career that has
spanned more than 25 years. Currently, he can be seen in the long-running
NBC drama "ER" as Dr. Tony Gates. Stamos most recently starred in the
television films "A Raisin in the Sun" and "Wedding Wars." For eight
seasons, he starred as Uncle Jesse on the popular television series "Full
House." He was also the lead character in the television series, "Jake in
Progress" and "Thieves" and started his career on the ABC daytime series
"General Hospital." Through his St. Amos banner, Stamos has many television
projects in the works, including the TV Movie "Baby Love" for TNT.
Additional producing credits include an Emmy(R) nomination in 2000 for
co-producing the ABC miniseries "Beach Boys: An American Family" and the
highly rated CBS telefilm "Martin & Lewis." In 1995, he made his Broadway
debut in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," and in 2000,
he starred in "Cabaret." His film credits include the independent features,
"Dropping Out," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000,
"Grownups," "I am Stamos" and "Knots."
Robin Tunney has appeared in numerous feature films including
"Hollywoodland" with Ben Affleck, "The Craft," "Niagara Niagara," "Cherish"
and "The Burning Plain." She recently starred in the Fox television series
"Prison Break." Other television credits include "House," "The Twilight
Zone," "Riders of the Purple Sage," "Law & Order" and "Life Goes On." This
fall, she co-stars in the CBS series "The Mentalist" with Simon Baker.
Gretchen Egolf was a series regular on "Journeyman" and "Martial Law"
and was a recurring character on the WB's "Roswell." She starred opposite
Brad Garrett in the Jackie Gleason biopic "Gleason" for CBS and has
guest-starred on "Medium," "NCIS," "Without a Trace," "Law & Order,"
"Century City," "Nero Wolfe" and "Cosby." Egolf has appeared in numerous
films including "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The Namesake" and "Quiz Show."
Anson Mount has starred in the Dick Wolf/NBC series "Conviction," ABC's
"Line of Fire" and The WB's "The Mountain." He has also made numerous
television guest appearances including "Law & Order," "Lost," "Sex and the
City," "CSI: Miami," "Smallville" and "Third Watch." His film credits
include "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane," "City by the Sea" and "Poolhall
Junkies." Recently he starred in and produced the critically acclaimed
independent film "Cook County."
"Killing Mr. Kissel" is produced by Dairy Road Films, Inc. for Lifetime
Television. Dan Wigutow (Lifetime's "Murder on Pleasant Drive," "Revenge of
the Middle-Aged Woman") is executive producer, John Stamos ("Martin and
Lewis," "The Beach Boys: An American Family") is producer and Michael Scott
(Lifetime's "Tell Me No Lies" and "Murder on Pleasant Drive") is
co-executive producer. Ed Bianchi ("Madmen," "Damages") directs from a
script written by Maria Nation (Lifetime's "The Tenth Circle," "Icebound").
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