Eli Raphael Roth is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. As a director and producer, he is most closely associated with the horror genre, first coming to prominence by directing the 2005 film Hostel and its 2007 sequel, Hostel: Part II. As an actor, his most prominent role was as Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz in Quentin Tarantino's war film Inglourious Basterds for which he won both a SAG Award and a BFCA Critic's Choice Award . Journalists have included him in a group of filmmakers dubbed the Splat Pack for their explicitly violent and bloody horror films. In 2013, Roth received the Visionary Award for his contributions to horror, at the Stanley Film Festival. He directed the 2015 erotic thriller film Knock Knock and the 2018 action film Death Wish, a remake of the 1974 original.
William Edward Crystal is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes When Harry Met Sally... , City Slickers , and Analyze This and providing the voice of Mike Wazowski in the Monsters, Inc. franchise.
Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in Zhenjiang, China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces". She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.