Alt.Tv.Xena FAQ, (Part 1/5): About XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS

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Paul Hilling

Mar 24, 2002, 5:01:08 AM3/24/02
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Names of television shows are given in ALL CAPS.
Names of episodes are given in "quotes".
X:WP is an acronym for XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS.
X is sometimes used for "Xena", especially in making
reference to both Xena and Gabrielle (as "X and G").
LL is sometimes used for "Lucy Lawless".
ROC is sometimes used for "Renee O'Connor".
ATX refers to the newsgroup Alt.Tv.Xena

Table Of Contents

1. How did the show get its start?
2. Where and when is the show available?
3. Okay, so what can you tell me about the main character,
4. What can you tell me about Gabrielle?
5. Are there any other reoccurring characters?
6. Where does XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS take place?
7. When (in history) does X:WP take place?
8. Does X:WP jibe with "traditional" mythology and actual
is it different?
10. Where is X:WP filmed?
11. Do X:WP and H:TLJ share the same writers and production
12. Was there ever a real Xena?


How did the show get its start?

Xena was introduced as a character in an episode of HERCULES: THE
LEGENDARY JOURNEYS in the 1994-5 season (the first season). Lucy
Lawless played an evil warlord who decided she needed to take out
Hercules before she could conquer the territories he normally
protected. So she pretended to be a maiden in distress, seduced
Iolaus into joining her army, and nearly tricked him into killing
Herc (and Iolaus had a good shot at killing his friend).

The name of this episode was "The Warrior Princess".

Although there was nothing redeemable about Xena's character, the
fans loved her and demanded to see her again. The show's
producers brought Xena back for two more (back-to-back) episodes
that season. Hercules and Xena were brought together as allies
by Salmoneus to fight Darphus, Xena's former lieutenant who had
taken over her army. They destroyed the army and Xena decided to
reform herself.

These episodes, forming a two-part story, were called "The
Gauntlet" and "Unchained Heart"

Where and when is the show available?

Xena is now available in most (but possibly not all) cities in
the US and Canada via broadcast stations. It is now being
broadcast in New Zealand and over 85 other countries.

The USA Cable Network also shows episodes of the series on

Okay, so what can you tell me about the main character, Xena?

The following is a composite description based on two documents
at the official MCA website ( It
also contains other information gathered from assorted sources
including the show itself.

Xena was a peasant girl from Amphipolis, a village in Thrace. Her
parents are named Atrius (we think) and Cyrene. She has an older
brother, Toris, and a younger brother, Lyceus. Atrius was
impersonated by Ares in the episode "Ties That Bind" when he
tried to get Xena to serve him again.

Raiders attacked her village, killing her younger brother,
Lyceus. Since no one else would stand up to the raiders, she
learned the arts of war, built an army, and defeated the raiders.
To make sure no one would be able to attack her village again,
she conquered the surrounding lands. Eventually, she began
fighting for no more than love of power, and her ruthless army
caused her name to be held in fear by the known world.

Then she ran across Hercules. See Question #1 above.

Xena is capable of amazing skills in the arts of combat and
warfare. It is not clear where and how she received this
training, but to defeat her foes, she uses strategy, agility,
acrobatics, martial arts, and several weapons. Most often we see
her with her sword and chakram, a razor sharp discus-like weapon.
She is skilled in the use of pressure points and has been known
to carry a whip. All in all not a woman to be trifled with!

Xena also has a son named Solan. Solan's father was named
Borias. Dagnine, one of Xena's warriors, murdered Borias. Xena
gave the infant Solan to a centaur named Kaleipus to raise as his
own son.

Many of the answers to Xena's origins are answered, at least in
terms of how she became an evil warlord in the second season's
two-part episode "Destiny" and "The Quest".

What can you tell me about Gabrielle?

Gabrielle comes from a walled village of simple people,
Poteidaia. Gabrielle's parents are both alive, as well as Lilla,
her sister.

Xena saved Poteidaia from destruction by the forces of Draco. It
was one of Xena's first "village" rescues after her conversion to
good. Gabrielle wanted to go with Xena to lead a "more exciting
life" and gradually insinuated her way into Xena's company.

Gabrielle is a talker. She has turned this into a skill and is
quite a storyteller. She has earned money as a bard and even won
the right to study at the Academy for Performing Bards. She
turned it down to "live the stories" with Xena. Originally
Gabrielle had no fighting skills, but in the "Hooves and Harlots"
episode she became an "Amazon princess" and chose to learn the
staff as her primary weapon.

Gabrielle and Xena are now "the best of friends" in the highest
and best ways that we can understand this phrase. Gabrielle also
plays an increasing role in helping Xena to see the good and the
light in all they encounter.

Gabrielle was engaged to a farmer named Perdicas when she met
Xena. He showed up later in the "Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts"
episode as an officer in the Trojan Army.

In "The Return of Callisto", Perdicas tracked down Xena and
Gabrielle. He asked Gabrielle to marry him and when she saw how
sickened he was by killing she consented. Callisto killed
Perdicas in an attempt to draw Xena into a final confrontation.

Perdicas was played by Anotn Bentley in "Sins of the Past", but
he was played by Scott Garrison in "Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts"
and "The Return Of Callisto".

Are there any other reoccurring characters?

Marcus (Bobby Hosea):
A mercenary companion from her dark days, Marcus encounters
Xena (this is the first time the fans meet him) in "The Path
Not Taken". He obviously feels strongly for Xena. At the
end of this episode Marcus is turning to the "good" -- but
is killed. We meet up again with Marcus in "Mortal
Beloved". Xena travels to the underworld to help Hades get
things in order again. Marcus is temporarily brought back
to life to help.

It is in this episode that Xena and Marcus express their
love for each other. The end of this episode is VERY

Salmoneus (Robert Trebor):
Salmoneus is everyone's favorite travelling salesman. He is
always looking for a quick way to turn a buck -- or in this
case, a dinar. He is not very strong or very brave, but has
proven trustworthy when it counted. Salmoneus considers
himself a good friend to both Xena and Hercules (especially
when he's in trouble!) and they find it hard to stay
irritated with him for long. He went from being strictly
comic relief, to being many viewers' favorite reoccurring

Robert Trebor reprised his role as Salmoneus on X:WP in the
second season despite rumors to the contrary. He was in,
"Here She Comes ... Miss Amphipolis." Meanwhile, the
character of Joxer has been added to fill the comic relief
role the character of Salmoneus performed.

Ares (Kevin Smith):
Ares is the God of War, a major hunk. Ares wants nothing
more than for Xena to lead his armies and go back to her
good old villainous warlord days. He posed as her father in
"Ties That Bind" trying to manipulate her. Watch out. Ares
shows up again in "The Xena Scrolls," wherein the God of War
finds himself locked in a tomb in 1942 with a descendent of
Xena's. Ares later persuaded the Furies to punish Xena for
the death of her father in the episode "The Furies". Ares
might (or might not) be Xena's father.

Kevin Smith also plays Hercules' brother, Iphicles, in

Charon (Michael Hurst):
Under all that make-up it is Michael Hurst (whom we all know
as Iolaus in H:TLJ) playing this hilarious role. Charon's
job is to carry the dead across the River Styx, but Xena and
Hercules have both crossed when they were still alive and
didn't even pay the customary coin! Listen to Charon's
constant muttering and occasional song -- he is wonderfully

Autolycus (Bruce Campbell):
The wily, the charming, the borderline egomaniac...yes...the
one, the only, King of Thieves. Autolycus is basically a
good guy. He is always trying to look out for number one,
but has shown himself to be a valuable ally to both Xena and
Hercules on separate occasions. He might even have a light
crush on Xena. A skilled thief and fighter Autolycus
succeeds in being both charming and humorous.

Autolycus appears on XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS in "A Royal
Couple of Thieves", "The Quest", "King of Assassins",
"Tsunami", "Vanishing Act", "A Key To The Kingdom" and
"Takes One To Know One".

Hades (Erik Thomson):
Hades is the God of the Underworld. The character comes off
as being pretty wimpy for a god. Both Xena and Herc have
had to help him out. The best thing about Hades (other than
the actor playing this role) is that he seems to
admire/appreciate Xena.

Joxer (Ted Raimi):
A wanna-be warrior who first appeared in "Callisto," this
character reappears most often in the series. Appearing in
about 30+ episodes so far. For more information about Ted
Raimi, visit (

Cyrene (Darien Takle):
Cyrene is Xena's mother. She appeared in "Sins of the
Past", the series opener, and now also has appeared in
"Intimate Stranger", "The Furies", "It Takes One To Know
One" and "Lyre, Lyre".

Aphrodite (Alexandra Tydings):
The Goddess of Love, last made an appearance in X:WP in the
episode "Punch Lines" (she was a popular regular on H:TLJ).
Aphrodite is a self centered and somewhat spoiled and vain
god, who has been known to turn the head of every man who
sees her.

Cupid (Karl Urban):
Unlike the valentine's day version of Cupid, the Cupid that
appears in both X:WP and H:TLJ is an adult with a bad five
o'clock shadow (he needs a shave). Cupid is married to a
mortal who was made into a god by Aphrodite in a H:TLJ
episode. Cupid also has a son called Bliss, who caused all
sorts of love problems in "A Comedy of Eros". Karl Urban
also plays Julius Caesar in "Destiny", "The Deliverer",
"When in Rome", "A Good Day" and "Ides Of March". Karl also
played the character Mael in "Altared States".

Eli (Timothy Odmunson)
We first saw Eli, as a street magician in "Devi", but he's
more than a magician. He's actually the Avatar (a
manifestation of a god), whose main goal was to spread a
message of love to the world.

Some of the villains have recurring roles, although they may not
appear in more than two episodes. Myzantius was an arms merchant
in "The Path Not Taken". He was brought back for an "alternate
reality" check in "Remember Nothing" along with "Krykus", the
evil warlord from "Hooves And Harlots". "Mortal Beloved" had
several men whom Xena had killed in previous episodes.

Callisto (Hudson Leick):
Callisto has appeared the most often of Xena's villains
(except for Ares): "Callisto", "The Return of Callisto",
"Intimate Stranger", "Ten Little Warlords". Hudson really
played Xena-in-Callisto's body in most of "Intimate
Stranger" and all of "Ten Little Warlords". Lucy played
Callisto-in-Xena's body in "Intimate Stranger". We think a
body double for Lucy played
Callisto-in-Xena's-body-in-Tartarus and
Xena-with-Gabrielle-on-the-beach in "Ten Little Warlords".

Callisto also makes an appearance on H:TLJ during it's third
and fourth season. Callisto has since been several episodes
of Xena including "The Furies" (briefly), "Maternal
Instinct", "Bitter Suite", "Sacrifice I", "Sacrifice II",
"Ides Of March", "Fallen Angel" and "Seeds Of Faith". And
the H:TLJ episodes "Surprise", "Armageddon Now : Part 1" and
"Armageddon Now : Part 2". Hudson also plays the part of
Liz Friedman, in the H:TLJ episodes "Yes Virginia, There Is
A Hercules", and "For Those Of You Just Joining Us". For
more information on Hudson visit

Hope (Renee O'Connor):
Hope is Gabrielle's daughter. Hope was conceived when
Gabrielle was impregnated whilst she was on the altar of
Dahok in "Deliverer". After a very short pregnancy and
birth, a 'Knight of the Pierced Heart' died under suspicious
circumstances. Xena suspecting Hope wanted to kill her, but
Gabrielle set her free (al la Moses).

Hope was alleged to be a force for evil in the world and has
appeared in "Gabrielle's Hope" and "Maternal Instincts".
She's also appeared in the H:TLJ episodes "Armageddon Now :
Part 1" and "Armageddon Now : Part 2". She was last seen in
"Sacrifice I", "Sacrifice II" and "A Family Affair", in all
of which, she had taken on the appearance of her mother,

Where does XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS take place?

The official MCA website ( says that
X:WP is: "...set in the 'Golden Age' of myth, long before ancient
Greece or Rome, on the distant frontier of known civilization far
away from the land of mighty Hercules".

**BUT** there is also this information that was taken directly
from Arbiter's original FAQ. (Special thanks to for the following information):

X:WP is set in Ancient Greece - but they do move around...

Lacking graphics for a map, think of the ancient Greek world as
an upside-down "U". The left leg represents the Greek peninsula,
and the right leg represents Asia Minor (currently Turkey) --
number and letters are included as very rough guides.


For reference:
Athens is a little north of (1)
Sparta is a bit southwest of (1)
Troy is in the neighborhood of (7)
Xena was born in Amphipolis (5)

What happened to her between her leaving Amphipolis, and her
resurfacing in the Hercules episode "The Warrior Princess" is a
little vague. We do know that she fought many wars in or around
Corinth (1-inland) which is in Arcadia (A/1) -- including one
against the Centaurs ("Hooves and Harlots"). This placing of the
centaurs is a little odd being that the centaurs are from the
state of Thessaly (3).

We first meet Xena somewhere around Hercules' hometown of
Thebes(2), and from there she takes Iolaus to Arcadia before
Hercules ruins her plans.

Soon after she turns to good, Xena returns to Amphipolis. Since
Gabrielle followed her, presumably mostly on foot, Gabrielle's
home village can't be too far away from Amphipolis. It is
certainly no farther away than Thessaly (3/4).

In "Death in Chains", X & G are once again in Corinth (1-inland),
where Sisyphus is King. In the next episode shown, X & G are in
the realm of the Amazons (east of G).

However, since Centaurs are nearby, it implies they are still
near Corinth, or possibly now somewhere in Thessaly -- maybe this
is a rogue group of Amazons....

Other observations include:

In "Orphan of War" we learn that Xena's army fought a second
group of Centaurs led by Kaleipus. On that occasion she had been
seeking the Ixion stone, a Centaur relic which possessed all the
evil of their race.

In "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" we learned that Xena's army fought
Bacchus and was apparently almost wiped out (and yet she seems to
have won the battle).

For an extensive examination of Xena's history, review the
"History of Xena", available on the web

When (in history) does X:WP take place?

The official MCA website ( says that
X:WP is: "...set in the 'Golden Age' of myth, long before ancient
Greece or Rome..."

**BUT** there is also this information that was taken directly
from Arbiter's original FAQ. (Special thanks to for the following information)

The time frame is difficult to pin down since the series presents
contradictory material.

Since so much iron is used in weapons (we'll assume it's iron and
not steel), the time can't be significantly earlier than about
150BC -- as that is the time when iron started being produced in

The latest historical reference made in the series so far (Dec.
1995) was in the episode "Death in Chains", where there is
mention of Sophokles (496-406 BC). This places the series
probably no later than about 380 BC

There are several mentions of heroes of the Trojan War (e.g. in
"The Reckoning"), and this places things sometime after c.1184 BC
(the traditional date of the end of the Trojan War).

We could be comfortable with this except for one thing: Herakles
(Hercules) is computed as dying some 79 years before the start of
the Trojan War -- and obviously Xena and Gabrielle are
contemporaries of the legendary hero. This places the time
period somewhere between 1300-1250 BC

At of this writing, if we ignore the Sophokles reference, the
series probably takes place sometime between 1300-850 BC

Other observations include:

Not to get to technical, but the writers of X:WP have now thrown
in Julius Caesar and a holiday episode which appears to portend
the birth of Christ. Suffice it to say, Xena goes where Xena
wants to, and it doesn't matter what time line we go by.

Does X:WP jibe with "traditional" mythology and actual history?

In some cases yes and in many cases no. Read the two answers
above this (I.6 and I.7), and you will understand. The show
plays around with actual places, events, people, and myths, but
the producers, writers, etc., choose to be bound to or by them.

How is X:WP like HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS, and how is it

This is VERY rudimentary -- any helpful rephrasing, comments,
suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

How the shows are alike....
1. The characters know each other and "exist" in the same time
2. Each show incorporates mythological tales/concepts. Both
have a primary star/character who roams the countryside
righting wrongs with their best friend, who usually travels
with them. Xena and Herc are both capable and accomplished
fighters who are brave and true.
3. By the way have you noticed that both Iolaus and Gabrielle
are shorter, more light-hearted/carefree, and of lighter
complexion than Herc and Xena?

How the shows are different...
1. Let's get the obvious out of the way: Hercules and Iolaus
are very male. Xena and Gabrielle are unquestionably
2. Hercules is half god. Xena (as far as we know) is not.
3. Xena is much more the warrior -- complete with armor and
4. Herc is in lots of fights, but he doesn't seem to
"enjoy"/revel in it as much as Xena does. (Although more
and more it seems Xena is trying to avoid unnecessary
5. Xena usually kills or maims a minimum of 2-3 people per
show. (Note: There is an apparent decrease in this kind of
behavior in the 2nd season.) Hercules will knock a half
dozen heads together but seldom actually kills or seriously
wounds anyone.
6. Xena rarely takes on monsters. She focuses on warlords.
Hercules usually takes out the monsters, gets embroiled with
the gods, and generally deals with situations where mortals
(except for Xena) are outclassed. Xena DID defeat a very
nasty Titan, and she and Herc together helped to free
Prometheus. As noted above, she has also gotten involved
with Ares and Hades a few times.
7. She definitely has a dark and horrible past/side that she is
trying to live down and deal with. Herc has had some bad
things happen, but *he* has always been a good guy. I think
that it is this darkness, their very different pasts, that
helps the writers to create the distinct
tones/moods/environments that makes the two shows more
different than I have been able to put into words here.
8. Finally, the sidekicks differ tremendously. Iolaus is a
warrior and hunter. Gabrielle is just learning to find her
way through the world but is trying NOT to become a warrior.
The Gods took Iolaus down a notch on a couple of occasions
because of his tremendous ego. Gabrielle has not developed
that problem.

Where is X:WP filmed?

It is filmed on location in and around Auckland, New Zealand.

Do X:WP and H:TLJ share the same writers and production team?

No. There is very little crossover, same company with different

Was there ever a real Xena?

Do you mean a person who actually lived "way back when" with the
name Xena? Who knows? Do you mean a female warrior whose life
resembles *our* T.V. Xena in some way? No. The T.V. Xena is not
based on historical accounts and/or myth.

"Xena" resounds in the souls of her fans. There is something
there we recognize and gravitate toward. The strength, the
courage, the beauty, the challenge of righting your past
misdeeds, the struggle to trust and care, Lucy Lawless and the
whole production team bring to us these things, and it appeals to
us in a way that goes beyond the sum of the parts.

So yes, we like to "pretend" that Xena existed and still does in
many of us.

Aethelrede <>
Amita Guha <>
A. J. Firebaugh <>
Hudson Leick Fan Club (
K. Wieczerza -- aka "Kicker" <>
Kevin Smith Official Fan Club
Kym Masera Taborn <>
Michael Martinez <>
Pat Casciano <>
Paul Hilling <>
R. Carter <>
Renee O'Connor's Official Web Site
Ron Murillo <>
Ted Turocy <>
Tim Smith <>
Ted Raimi International Fan Club (
Whoosh (

(My thanks goto all of the other contributors not listed)

The original FAQ was written by Ted Turocy ( and
K. Wieczerza -- a.k.a. "Kicker" ( Kicker
maintained the original FAQ on her web site,, which now says
something like: NOTE: This FAQ (by Kicker) has been turned over
to the people at WHOOSH! The new URL is This version of the FAQ has
been written and formatted specifically for distribution on the

Why are these documents is so long? I don't know, except we're
quite involved with the show and believe in what we do or some
such thing :-)
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Section V: Miscellaneous Information about X:WP
1. Are there other online resources for Xenites?
2. I am an aspiring actor/actress -- how can I get on the show?
3. Are any of the episodes available for purchase on tape?
4. "The Xena Scrolls": where can I find them and are they real?
5. Can I get copies of any of the scripts from past episodes?
6. I have an idea/script for the show -- where should I send
7. What is the deal with all the sound *WHOOSH* effects?
8. Is there a Xena soundtrack CD?
9. Can you give me more information about the first CD?
10. Can you give me more information about the second CD?
11. Can you give me more information about the third CD?
12. Can you give me more information about the fourth CD?
13. Why weren't "M'lila's Song" and "Bacchae Rap" on the Xena CD
14. Who sung for each character in the musical episode "Bitter
15. What can you tell me about the music that is used in the
various episodes?
16. Where can I download the opening theme?
17. Where can I get a printout of the message Lucy Lawless put
on the mailing list and posted to the NetForum?
18. I can't find any Xena trading cards... what's up?
19. Are there any official Xena comics or magazines?
20. What about other Xena merchandise?
21. What time is Xena on?

Section V: Miscellaneous Information about X:WP

Are there other online resources for Xenites?

Check out the XENA ONLINE RESOURCES website
( This site offers one of
the most complete listings of all online resources. XOR lists
web pages, news groups, mailing lists and other assorted online
resources, organized by subject and with short descriptions.

For immediate online gratification, good places to start are
( (,
( and also (

I am an aspiring actor/actress -- how can I get on the show?

Sorry, there are no shortcuts. Xena: Warrior Princess is a show
like any other in this regard. Get an agent (if you don't
already have one), and have your agent contact Renaissance
Pictures at Universal Studios.

Are any of the episodes available for purchase on tape?

The Xena Trilogy from Hercules ("Warrior Princess", "The
Gauntlet" and "Unchained Heart") was released to shops early in
1998. Tapes of Season 1, and also Season 2 episodes, were
available from GetXena. Rights have since passed to Davis/Panzer
( But it should be
mentioned that Davis/Panzer will probably only ship tapes to
US/Canadian addresses. You can also ring Davis/Panzer to get a
catalog by calling 1-800-382-6074 and order other merchandise by
calling 1-800-835-9689.

TV movies of Hercules are also available on tape with Xena stars
in them. They include "Hercules & The Lost Kingdom", in which
Renee O'Connor co-stars. And "Hercules and the Amazon Women", in
which Lucy Lawless plays one of the Amazon women. "Hercules and
the Maze Of the Minotaur" (which features clips of both Lucy and
Renee), has been released in the UK on tape.

There are rumours of Hercules and Xena episodes appearing on DVD,
but none have been appeared as yet. UK readers should have DVD's
of Season 2 episodes from April 2000.

"The Xena Scrolls": where can I find them and are they real?

You used to get the Xena Scrolls from the MCA website
( They were not real in the sense
that they are not true historical documents. They were created
in conjunction with the show, and they were a blast to read.
Definitely go check them out, if they are still there.

The Xena Scrolls will make much more sense to you after you've
seen "The Xena Scrolls," in which Lucy and Renee act as the
descendants of Xena and Gabrielle, respectively.

Can I get copies of any of the scripts from past episodes?

At one time scripts were being sold by a store in Hollywood, CA,
but it has reportedly stopped such sales at MCA's direction.

Now though, several scripts from Season's 1, 2, 3 and 4, have now
been officially released. These scripts include those from the
episodes "Dreamworker", "Promethius", "A Day In The Life",
"Destiny" and "The Quest". The newer scripts also contain an
exclusive photo from the episode concerned. There are now nearly
2 dozen scripts available now, and more are going to be
forthcoming in the near future.

I have an idea/script for the show -- where should I send it?

Sorry, even for us die-hard Xena fans there are no shortcuts.
XENA: WARRIOR PRINCES is a show like any other in this regard.
Get an agent (if you don't already have one), and have your agent
contact Renaissance Pictures at Universal Studios.

A *real* agent will know how to submit a script or script idea to
the right people. However, if you're serious about trying to
become a Hollywood writer, go to your local library and check out
the reference section's books on writing and getting published.
Look at WRITER'S MARKET. Heed their advice. Don't hope for

If you try to get an agent, you should at least have some idea
how to put together a script (and WRITER'S MARKET really is not
an adequate tool for learning the appropriate skills, but it's
better than nothing).

What is the deal with all the sound *WHOOSH* effects?

(Additional Information -- pay close attention the next time Lucy
or Renee whips their head around while looking for bad guys --
especially in first season episodes; also, when Xena and Cinteres
face off in "The Royal Couple Of Thieves")

They are part of the special sound effects that are used to
emphasise certain actions. It seems that they are used way too
much in some episodes, but hey that's just my opinion. (Original
FAQ.) The sound effects and the basically bloodless fight scenes
have caused some people to describe the production as a
"mythology meets Hong Kong" mix.

The sound effects are sometimes used to enhance the campiness of
the show. The "Imperial Tie Fighter" sound is often used when an
arrow is fired at one of the main actors.

Is there a Xena soundtrack CD?

There are currently 4 Xena soundtrack CD's. CD#1 was Released
November 19, 1996. CD#2 was Released November 19, 1997. A 3rd CD
with the music from the musical episode in Season 3 "Bitter
Suite" was released on March 24 1998. This was followed on June
1st 1999, with CD#4. All 4 titles are available on CD only.

There is also a Hercules/Xena CD-ROM by Software Sculptors. You
may see references to this product. It is NOT one of the

It's been reported that a CD by the Bulgarian Women's Choir has
chants which sound very much like the Xena chants. Joseph Lo
Duca (the musical director for H:TLJ and X:WP) has reportedly
denied any direct connection with that collection.

Can you give me more information about the first CD?

The following information about CD#1 was posted to the Chakram
mailing list by Pat Casciano <>:

The Xena: Warrior Princess Original Television Soundtrack, Music
Composed by Joseph LoDuca on Varese Sarabande CD #VSD-5750

Music Composed by Joseph LoDuca, Except "Burial" Composed by Lucy
Lawless and Arranged by Joseph LoDuca. "Glede Ma Glede" is

The Tracks:
1. Main Title (1:15) w/vocal from "Sins of the Past"
2. The Warrior Princess (2:09) w/vocal from "The Gauntlet"
3. Darfus (2:06) from "Unchained Heart"
4. Soulmates (2:24)
5. Burial (1:50) w/vocal by Lucy Lawless from "Path Not Taken"
6. Xena and the Big Bird (2:27) from "Prometheus"
7. Gabby Dance (1:00) w/vocal from "Hooves and Harlots"
8. The Gauntlet (1:58) w/vocal from "The Gauntlet"
9. Barn Blazers (2:21) from "Chariots of War"
10. Fight on the Heads (2:54) from "Sins of the Past"
11. Draco's Men (2:16) from "Sins of the Past"
12. Glede Ma Glede (0:43) w/vocal from "Sins of the Past"
13. Burying the Past (2:59) w/vocal from "Sins of the Past"
14. Xena's Web (2:12) w/vocal from "Sins of the Past" ??
15. Goodbye (2:49) from "Sins of the Past" ??
16. Giants (2:37) from "The Titans"
17. Funeral Dance (1:35) w/vocal from "Hooves and Harlots"
18. Challenging the Gods (3:10) from "Prometheus" ??
19. Dreamscape (3:01) w/vocal from "The Dreamworker"
20. Quarterman's Festival (2:27) from "Cradle of Hope"
21. Roll in the Leaves (0:47) from "Mortal Beloved" ??
22. Funeral Pyre (1:24) w/vocal from "Hooves and Harlots"
23. On the Balcony (2:08) from "Royal Couple of Thieves" ??
24. The Oracle (3:15) from "Callisto" ??
25. Hail Xena (1:35)
26. Going to Kill Me (0:45)
27. The Wrath of Callisto (2:36) w/vocal from "Callisto"
28. Bloodlust (2:25) from "Callisto"
29. Ladder Fight (4:44) w/vocal from "Callisto"
30. Main Title (Extended Version) (1:22) w/vocal from "Sins of
the Past"

??=I'm not totally sure if this is the first episode this is

The lyrics to the Xena Theme were posted on the Usenet. This is
what was presented (presumably taken from the CD). This music is
undoubtedly Copyright (c) 1996 MCA/Universal or something like

First, the Bulgarian:

Jenata iazdi samotna
Neinoto minalo srazi ia
Sreshtu voiskite ot tumen sviat
Vouva za dobro tia

Rogovi zvunove idavt
Napraite put na voina!
Tupani bitat vuv ritum
Princhesata e pak tuka!

Here's the translation:

The Warrior Princess rides alone
Her past drives her from shame
Against the forces of a dark world
She fights for good, not for fame.

Horns sound her coming, blare her name
"Make way the Warrior! Cheer!"
Drums beat a rhythm
Let villains beware
The Warrior Princess is here!

Can you give me more information about the second CD?

Original Television Soundtrack: XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS Volume 2
Music Composed by Joseph LoDuca on Varese Sarabande CD #VSD-5883

The Tracks:
1. Main Title (1:22) from "All Episodes"
2. At Mother's Tomb (3:00) from "Remember Nothing"
3. Xena Kicks Bacchae Butt (2:03) from "Girls Just Wanna Have
4. Pop Goes Xena (1:11) from "Remember Nothing"
5. Quicksand (1:25) from "Return of Callisto"
6. Squeal (2:01) from "Return of Callisto"
7. Sword Play (1:27) from "Intimate Stranger"
8. Homeland (3:29) from "Remember Nothing"
9. Capoiera Fight (1:23) from "Remember Nothing"
10. Many Winters Ago (2:17) from "Destiny"
11. Stowaway (1:53) from "Destiny"
12. You Really Believe That (1:05) from "Destiny"
13. Rrarr (3:48) from "Destiny"
14. Friend (1:37) from "Destiny"
15. Crucifixion of Xena/Up the Mountain (2:28) from "Destiny"
16. To The Rescue (1:42) from "Return of Callisto"
17. Fighting Destiny (2:08) from "Remember Nothing"
18. Talk With Solan (4:03) from "Orphan Of War"
19. The Ballad of Joxer the Mighty (1:12) from "For Him the Bell
20. Solstice Night (2:13) from "Solstice Carol"
21. The First Fate/Suspended Gabby (3:22) from "Solstice Carol"
22. Where as Me/Gabby & Toys (2:20) from "Solstice Carol"
23. More Fun and Games/Feather Fight (3:12) from "Solstice
24. Hard Core Fishing (1:23) from "The Price"
25. River Wild (1:37) from "The Price"
26. Xena is Bitten (1:33) from "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
27. Restoration (2:11) from "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
28. Caught in the Current (3:48) from "The Lost Mariner"
29. Callisto Becomes a God (2:04) from "Necessary Evil"
30. Swamp Creatures/Imposter (2:40) from "Intimate Stranger"

Can you give me more information about the third CD?

Original Television Soundtrack: XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS Bitter
Suite: A Musical Odyssey. Music Composed by Joseph LoDuca on
Varese Sarabande CD #VSD-5918

1. The Sweat Hut/Slapped Out of It/Xena's In Town (4:42)
2. Horrible Drag/On the Edge/Son of the Fool (5:09)
3. What's Still Unwritten...(Song of Illusion)/Little
Ditties/Into the Chandra/Joxer the Mighty/Preppy Gabby
4. War and Peace/Gab is Stabbed (5:52)
5. Melt Into Me/Let Go (2:25)
6. Dead?/Hearts Are Hurting (Part I) (2:35)
7. The Deliverer (4:07)
8. Hate is the Star (Song of the Torment)/Hearts are Hurting
(Part II) (5:42)
9. The Way Out/The Love of Your Love/Passing Through (7:10)

Can you give me more information about the fourth CD?

Original Television Soundtrack: Xena: WARRIOR PRINCESS, VOLUME
FOUR. Music Composed by Joseph LoDuca on Varese Sarabande CD

1. Caesars' Mark (2:34) from "Debt Part 1"
2. Flying Ninja's (1:19) from "Debt Part 1"
3. Execution of Xena Pt 1 (1:23) from "Debt Part 2"
4. A Mud Bath/Enter The Dragon (4:25) from "Debt Part 2"
5. The Bath (2:12) from "Debt Part 2"
6. Visit To The Damned (2:52) from "Debt Part 2"
7. Taking Flight (1:28) from "Debt Part 2"
8. Lambikin's Missing (3:04) from "A Family Affair"
9. Who's Who (2:15) from "A Family Affair"
10. Hello Beautiful (1:59) from "A Family Affair"
11. Backstabber (1:58) from "A Family Affair"
12. Burning Down The House (2:08) from "A Good Day"
13. India's Different (1:21) from "Devi"
14. Tataka (1:32) from "Devi"
15. Leaping For Tataka (2:59) from "Devi"
16. Travelling With Eli (2:06) from "Devi"
17. Beautiful Mendhi (0:39) from "Between The Lines"
18. Now Or Never (2:16) from "Between The Lines"
19. Naima On The Scene (1:32) from "Between The Lines"
20. Naima Ascends (0:50) from "Between The Lines"
21. Welcome The Avatar (2:08) from "The Way"
22. Indrajit Arrives (1:42) from "The Way"
23. Krishna (2:54) from "The Way"
24. Call To Arms (3:17) from "The Way"
25. Amazon Pyre (2:04) from "AITST Part 1"
26. The Berserker (3:21) from "AITST Part 1"
27. Making Camp/Drinking Blood (1:10) from "AITST Part 1"
28. Xena Vs Alti (4:28) from "AITST Part 2"
29. Released/Spirit Dance (3:02) from "AITST Part 2"
30. Everybody Dance Now (4:05) from "A Tale Of Two Muses"
31. I'm In Heaven (1:04) from "If The Shoe Fits"

Why weren't "M'lila's Song" and "Bacchae Rap" on the Xena CD #2?

The problem with both of these songs is that Jo LoDuca DIDN'T
write them. And therefore he didn't have the copyright on them.
So when it came to preparing the CD. Varesse Sarabande used
songs/tracks that were not to difficult for them to use, or
obtain permission to use.

As all the tracks on the 2nd CD are written by Jo himself
obtaining permission from him is easy. When you attempt to get
permission from a third party band, you get into contract
negotiations, and this would have delayed the 2nd CD's arrival.
So rather than this Varesse Sarabande dropped those two songs.

For those people disappointed that the M'lila song wasn't on the
CD it has been reported that M'lila's song is actually on another

Kaboom <>, writes "The CD in question, is called
Mouth Music by the group, Mouth Music. It's apparently on the
Rykodisc label. Catalogue # RCD 10196. M'lila's song is track
#10, and is actually called Fraoch a Ronaigh. And on the CD is
sung by Talitha Mackensie."

"Fraoch a Ronaigh"'s English title is "Heather of Rona". And is
3:15 minutes long. It says this on the inside by the song: The
song describes several points on the island of North Uist, which
could be used as landmarks by sailors passing along the west

Who sung for each character in the musical episode "Bitter

Most people will have noticed that not all the actors did their
own singing during the episode "Bitter Suite". Lucy Lawless,
Kevin Smith, and Ted Raimi all sung their own parts. However
Renee's part was sung by Susan Wood. And Hudson's parts was sung
by Michelle Nicastro. Not so widely known is that the part of
Hatred in "Hate Is The Star" was sung by Phil Marcus Esser.

What can you tell me about the music that is used in the various

Check out the complete conversation with Joseph LoDuca (composer)
in the profile at the top of the Xena: NetForum for more info on
this, and answers to lots of other questions about the music for
Herc and Xena.

Where can I download the opening theme?

Check out Buumzer's XENA: Warrior's Princess Vault
( or
(, or Warriorhaze

Where can I get a printout of the message Lucy Lawless put on the
mailing list and posted to the NetForum?

Some web sites have a copy. It's also been posted to ATX and
should be available on DejaNews (

In fact, Lucy has posted more than one message on the NetForum,
but I don't have any of them, sorry.

I can't find any Xena trading cards... what's up?

You should be able to find Xena Trading Cards now. Topps has
released three sets of Xena trading cards, the first was in Feb
98. This was a set of 72 Basic cards. 6 Foil cards (Odds 1 card
in 12 packs) and 2 Chromium cards (Odds 1 card in 36 packs). The
Promo card for the first set was inserted into the Feb 98 issue
of Previews Magazine and April/May issue of Non-Sports Update.

Topps released a 2nd series of Xena trading cards during Sept 98.
Set composition was 72 basic cards. 6 Chromium cards (Odds 1 card
in 12 packs) and also 12 different Autograph cards (Odds 1 card
in 36 packs), The autograph cards did not include those of either
Lucy or Renee.

A third set of cards was released by Topps in June 99. Set
composition was 72 basic cards. 9 Clear Chromes (Odds 1 card in 9
packs) and 2 Double Sided Chromes (Odds 1 card in 18 packs).

There are also the Xena related cards contained in the complete

For more information on these card sets, point your web browser
to (

Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) have also released two sets of Xena
gaming cards during 1998. For more details on this set of cards
see (

Are there any official Xena comics or magazines?

There are in fact numerous Xena comics. Originally produced by
Topps Inc. Dark Horse Comics have now taken over production,
with their first issue appearing in late September 1999

The official Xena Magazine, was also originally produced by Topps
Inc. Production of the Official Magazine is now handled by Titan
Magazines The first issue of the (now
monthly) Titan Magazine hit UK shelves on the 6th of October.

For fans interested in getting the Magazine via subscription the
details are :-

You can contact the sub's department, by:-
Phone: +44 (0)1858 433 169
Fax: +44 (0)1858 433 715
The Official Xena: Warrior Princess Magazine Subscription
PO Box 54
United Kingdom
NN14 2UH

What about other Xena merchandise?

Due to the ever increasing popularity of the show, it has become
impossible for the FAQ to remain current with all of the
merchandise. If you are looking for merchandise, try the XENA
ONLINE RESOURCES website ( for
more information. There is an entire section of XOR devoted to
connecting Xena fans with merchants.

What time is Xena on?

Without telling us where you are, it's a little difficult, to
tell you when local stations are showing Xena. If you are in the
US/Canada, you are far better off going to
( or ( Both sites
enable you to enter your Zipcode (US/Canada only). And then tell
you when Xena is on locally. If you don't live in the US/Canada,
please tell us where you are, and someone should be able to
answer you.

Paul Hilling

Mar 24, 2002, 5:01:11 AM3/24/02
Archive-name: tv/xena-wp/Actors

Section III: About the actors
1. What can you tell me about Lucy Lawless, the actress who
plays Xena? (Info, Bio, and Fan Clubs)
2. What can you tell me about Renee O'Connor, the actress who
play's Gabrielle? (Info, Bio, and Fan Club)
3. Has Lucy Lawless always been a martial artist and/or
naturally athletic?
4. Do the actresses do their own stunts?
5. What can you tell me about Hudson Leick? (Callisto)
6. What about Kevin Smith? (Ares)
7. What about Ted Raimi? (Joxer)

Section III: About the actors

What can you tell me about Lucy Lawless, the actress who plays
Xena? (Info, Bio, and Fan Clubs)

A more detailed biography is available at the MCA website

Birthday: March 29, 1968
Birthplace: Mt. Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Honey Blonde
Height: 5'10 1/2" (According to Lucy)
Significant Other: Married to Robert Tapert. Exec Producer of

I know there is more info out there, but here is some to get you

Lucy Lawless is the fifth of seven children and is the oldest
girl. Lucy got involved in acting and singing early on in school
musical and plays in what was mostly a convent education. She
graduated at the age of 17 and attended Auckland University
briefly, but soon left for Europe and went grape picking on the
Rhine. Following that Lucy even worked in a gold mining camp, in
Australia! In Australia she married and then returned to

Lucy has one daughter, Daisy, born in 1988-9. And a son, Julius
Robert Bay Tapert born on the 16th Oct 1999.

For those of you who haven't heard Lucy speak in interviews, her
natural voice doesn't sound very much like Xena. She definitely
has a New Zealand accent, and her voice is not nearly so deep.

Lucy has a natural aptitude for languages and accents that
enables her to sound southern Californian. Check out her David
Letterman interview, or see other interviews at Tom's Xena Page

You'll find lots more info and get to actually hear her speak!

Yes, Lucy dyes her hair black for the show. You can see her
natural hair in "Hercules and the Amazon Women". Look for an
Amazon on a horse. She's also the one who horses around with Zeus
(played by Anthony Quinn).

Lucy's BIO:

Television commercials in New Zealand
A Presenter for a New Zealand Tv Station Travel Show.
FUNNY BUSINESS: comedy troupe television show in New Zealand
Peach (one of the four pieces in the work: Women From Down
Rainbow Warrior (1992): movie (now available on video)
HIGH TIDE: "Shanghaied" (1994) -- T.V. show
HIGH TIDE: "Dead in the Water" (1994) -- T.V. show
Hercules and the Amazon Women (1994) -- as Lysia, an Amazon
(NOTE: the above was a 2 hour Action Pack movie -- before
the H:TLJ series began...)
H:TLJ: "As Darkness Falls" (1995) -- as Lyla, whose husband
is the centaur Deric
H:TLJ: "Outcast" (1996): again as Lyla -- wife of Deric and
mother to Kiefer
H:TLJ: "The Warrior Princess" (1995) -- our introduction to
H:TLJ: "The Gauntlet" (1995) -- Xena's army turns against
H:TLJ: "Unchained Heart" (1995) -- Xena's "conversion to
H:TLJ: "Judgement Day" (1997) -- Strife tricks Hercules into
killing the Golden Hind.
H:TLJ: "Strangers In A Strange Land" (1997) -- Naughty Xena
in a Mirror Universe.
H:TLJ: "Armageddon Now : Part 2" (1998) -- Evil alternate
universe version of Xena
THE BLACK STALLION -- T.V. show (I don't know which episode)
Grease: The Stage Musical (1997) -- Stage Musical, as Rizzo
Her vocal talents were also used in the Animated Movie
Hercules and the Battle for Mount Olympus.

For information on the XENA Fan Club, send a self-addressed
stamped envelope to:

Official Xena: Warrior Princess Fan Club
411 N. Central Ave. #300
Glendale, CA 91203
e-mail address is

All mail for Lucy Lawless should be sent to the Official Xena:
Warrior Princess fan club at the above address

There was an unofficial Lucy Lawless fan club, but it has now

What can you tell me about Renee O'Connor, the actress who play's
Gabrielle? (Info, Bio, and Fan Club)

A more detailed biography is available at the MCA website

Birthday: February 15, 1971
Birthplace: Katy, Texas, U.S.A.
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: Almost 5'4" (according to ROC)
Significant Other: None of our business

The following is intended as a brief sketch at best...

Renee began studying acting in Houston at the age of 12. She
enjoys jazz dancing, horseback riding, and many other sports. She
is single and lives full-time in Auckland, New Zealand. She
visits various states and cities while she is in the U.S.,
especially with her family in Houston and Austin, Texas.

Renee does not wear blue contacts. Depending on how the lighting
is done, her eyes, can look blue. (This is from a statement
Renee made.)

Also, the proper spelling of Renee is with the acute over the
last letter (a.k.a. the tick or single quote). Yes, Renee has a
tick. Given that this is basically an ASCII document, we can't
get too fancy so we are leaving Renee's tick out of these

Renee's BIO:

TEEN ANGEL (1989): Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club serial
MATCH POINT (1989): Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club
Black Snow (1989)
TALES FROM THE CRYPT: "The Switch"(1990)
Danielle Steel's 'Changes' (1991)
FBI: The Untold Stories (Blue Fibre) (1992)
FBI: The Untold Stories (The Millionaire Murders) (1992)
Sworn to Vengeance (1993)
Flood: Who Will Save Our Children? (1993)
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
Hercules and the Lost Kingdom (1994): playing the young
Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1994)
The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (1995): T.V.
Follow the River (1995): a made for T.V. movie
NYPD BLUE: "Oscar, Meyer, Weiner." T.V. series episode
H:TLJ: "Judgement Day" (1997) -- In which Strife tricks
Hercules into killing the Golden Hind.
H:TLJ: "Strangers In A Strange Land" (1997) -- As the
executioner in a Mirror Universe.
H:TLJ: "Armageddon Now : Part 2" (1998) -- As a critic of
the evil alternate universe version of Xena
H:TLJ: "For Those Of You Just Joining Us" (1999) -- Playing
Sunny Day
Her vocal talents were also used in the Animated Movie
"Hercules and the Battle for Mount Olympus".

The most up to date listing can be found at the Official Renee
O'Connor website (

According to Renee, due to time constraints, Her part in "The
Switch" ended up on the cutting room floor.

You can write too Renee at the following address

Renee O'Connor
P.O. Box 180435
Austin, TX 78718-0435

Renee's fan club has unfortunately had to close, but Renee's
Official website ( remains.
The web site contains a plethora of information about ROC
including interviews and childhood photographs, and is updated

Has Lucy Lawless always been a martial artist and/or naturally

Lucy learned some basic kung fu moves, sword, and staff work from
Douglas Wong in a brief visit to Los Angeles in 1995. MCA says
"Though she had practised yoga for some time, Lucy had no special
training in martial arts, sword play, or stunt work when she
landed the role of Xena." The MCA site goes on to say that she
did have some experience riding horses as a teenager. Lucy
herself though is quoted in the Starlog Yearbook (1996) as being
bemused at landing such a physical role. That in school her
nickname was Unco -- short for uncoordinated! She says that she
is warming up to that aspect of the role and really enjoying it.

Do the actresses do their own stunts?

Lucy herself has said "If you don't see my face, there's a good
chance it isn't me doing the stunt". Stunt double are used for
the gymnastic and more difficult horseback riding scenes. Lucy
in particular is doing more and more these days. Enough, as one
of the people involved with the show said, to be quite impressive
and make one occasionally a little nervous.

Lucy was injured on October 8, 1996 while filming a skit for THE
TONIGHT SHOW. She was riding a horse across a parking lot in
full Xena gear. The horse, though shod for pavements, slipped
and fell. So, Lucy HAS been doing some of her stunts, but that
changed a bit after her accident. Lucy had said on ENTERTAINMENT
TONIGHT (in January 1997) that she would return to doing her own
stunts, but at her own pace.

The show was changed due to Lucy's accident. The ending for
"Intimate Stranger" was re-written so that "Ten Little Warlords"
could immediately follow that show, even though it was not
scheduled for filming. Another obvious change is "The Quest,"
which features Bruce Campbell as the King of Thieves. In "The
Quest," Xena invades The King of Thieves mind. Lucy has only a
very small role in "The Quest."

It's also noticeable in some already-aired episodes, such as
"Intimate Stranger" that the actresses are sometimes placed in
wire harnesses which enable them to do some of the terrific flips
and rotations the show is so famous for. In other cases stunt
doubles appear to be doing the work.

What can you tell me about Hudson Leick? (Callisto)

Xenites have generally fallen in love with Hudson. Although most
prefer to keep Lucy in the title role, many hope to see Hudson
again in future episodes of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, and some hope
she eventually gets her own show.

Her "real" name is Heidi Leick (pronounced Like). She changed her
stage name to Hudson. As Hudson said in an interview, Heidi
Leick sounded too much like the name of a porn star.

She is really a brunette.

Xenites have reported seeing Hudson episodes of "Law and Order",
"Melrose Place", and "University Hospital". She was on a couple
of episodes of "Touched By An Angel" in February, 1996.

Check XENA ONLINE RESOURCES for a list of web sites that are
either devoted to Callisto/Hudson or at least include her. You
( Hudson's fan club also
maintains a popular website (

What about Kevin Smith? (Ares)

Kevin Tod Smith is a native New Zealander, born March 16, 1963 in

He was in a band named "Say Yes to Apes" from 1983-1986, playing
the only guitar in the band and singing lead. The band made 3
albums and had a loyal following, but he qualifies his music as
being "very underground".

Kevin also played rugby for a period of time for various teams.
However, he suffered an unfortunate head injury which ended his
rugby career. He has held a great variety of jobs.

He met his lovely wife Suzanne in 1979 when he was just 16 years
old. They were married in 1986 and have three handsome young
sons, Oscar (born in 1991), Tyrone (born 1993) and Willard (born
Oct 97).

Suzanne is largely responsible for getting Kevin started in
acting. She signed him up for an Elvis impersonator contest in
1987. "It was actually a touring musical play about Elvis called
'Are You Lonesome Tonight'," he says. "I auditioned for the
'young Elvis' role. I got to be his understudy (I played JoJo the
bodyguard). The play collapsed in financial and artistic ignominy
in my hometown of Christchurch....excellent!!!" After this Kevin
went on to play several roles in New Zealand television, stage
and film, including Othello, Arsenic and Old Lace, Desperate
Remedies, City Life, and Marlin Bay, for which he was awarded a
New Zealand Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
in 1995.

Thanks to Suzanne's efforts and Kevin's hard work and talent, we
now get to see him on a regular basis as "Ares" in Xena: Warrior
Princess and as "Iphicles", Hercules' half-brother in Hercules:
the Legendary Journeys.

BIO graciously provided by the Kevin Smith Official Fan Club,
(all rights reserved). More information see the Kevin Smith fan
club website (

What about Ted Raimi? (Joxer)

Ted Raimi is from Detroit Michigan and is Sam Raimi's younger
brother. He has previously been in a large number of films
He was also in the television series SEAQUEST which is now airing
on the Sci-Fi Channel. If you would like further information,
please visit the new web page of the Ted Raimi International Fan
Club (

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