There's a New Thug In Town; Gary Sturgis Joins the Cast of P.D.R.

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Gary Sturgis joins Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, and a stellar all-star cast in the film PDR, which chronicles the story of Jim Ellis (Howard).

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Actor Gary Anthony Sturgis joins the cast of the LIONSGATE film PDR, directed by Sunu Gonera, which chronicles the real-life story of Jim Ellis (Howard), who in the 1970s transformed a group of troubled black inner-city kids into one of the best swim teams in the country. Sturgis plays the villainous and menacing Franklin, the local thug. Gary joins a stellar cast that includes: Terrence Howard, Kimberly Elise, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold. Evan Ross, Kevin Phillips, Nate Parker, Brandon Fobbs, Alphonso McAuley and Regine Nehy.

Audiences will remember Sturgis as the drug lord we all loved to hate, Jamison Jackson, in Tyler Perry's Diary of A Mad Black Woman, a Lions Gate smash released in 2005 which opened at #1 at the box office.

P.D.R. takes Sturgis back to work in his home town, hurricane beaten New Orleans, Louisiana.

"To have an opportunity to work with great actors like Terrance Howard, Kimberly Elise and Bernie Mac is a blessing. Add in the fact that I am blessed to be a part of my city's rebuilding process post Katrina, and I feel like I’m on top of the world. It is truly an humbling experience."

The film is slated for release at the end of 2006.

In addition to the big screen, the charismatic Gary Sturgis can be found in his recording studio creating rap music under the name Illuminati, which he refers to as his alter-ego. You can hear his music at and Album available for purchase at, or download in your iPod at

Interview Contact: GEM Management

Telephone: 909-923-5231

GEM Filmworks

1101 S. Robertson Blvd, Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Voice 909-923-5231 (USA 011) or 310-859-3507. Fax 310-388-5806

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