Share This Profile
Share this profile on Facebook.
Link to this profile on LinkedIn.
Tweet this profile on Twitter.
Email a link to this profile.
See other services through which you can share this profile.
This profile was last updated on 8/3/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Casting Director

Email: m***@***.com
Glenbrook Studios LLC
10120 W Flamingo Road #4-111
Las Vegas , Nevada 89147
United States

Company Description: Glenbrook Studios┬« is the brand name for a group of motion picture development, production and distribution companies based in Summerlin, Nevada. The brand requires...   more

Employment History

  • Casting Director
  • Owner
  • Owner
    Lear Entertainment
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Lear Entertainment
  • President
    Lear Entertainment
  • Actress

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Lear Talent Guide
18 Total References
Web References
Glenbrook Studios® - Executive Team, 3 Aug 2015 [cached]
MARILEE LEAR, C.S.A. -Casting Director
Marilee started in the world of stage and screen as an actress at the renowned Pasadena Playhouse in the 1960s. During that time, she was under contract to Warner Brothers and was featured in such notable television shows as 77 Sunset Strip, Beverly Hillbillies, The Dakotas and The Real McCoys. Through the 1980s and 1990s, she entered the world of casting, becoming a C.S.A. casting director and providing casting services to Warner Brothers, Castle Rock, Walt Disney, Universal, along with many other studios and production companies, for such notable pictures as Con Air, Vegas Vacation, Mars Attacks, Casino, Sister Act II and Honeymoon In Vegas. Naturally, her prolific casting career in film spilled over into television, music videos, industrials and commercials. For television, she served the casting needs of Aaron Spelling, NBC, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia/Tri Star and Walt Disney Television for such notable shows as CSI, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Saved By The Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and X-Files. In 1996 she formed the Lear Talent Guide, a comprehensive listing of the talent available to production companies worldwide. In 1997, Marilee was honored as a Distinguished Woman in Southern Nevada. In 1999, she was honored by Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn with the Governor's Industry Appreciation Award. Marilee and Marko worked together for the first time during the making of his first feature film, "Clover's Movie" starring Joe LaDue ("Young and the Restless," "Casino," "Ocean's Eleven"), Joe Kucan ("Command & Conquer,") and Randy Sutton ("Casino," "Fools Rush In"), an official selection at the 2000 CineVegas International Film Festival.
When it comes to actors and casting for motion pictures, Marilee truly knows her business. Glenbrook Studios® is honored to have her as our casting director.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, 25 Aug 2011 [cached]
Marilee Lear, C.S.A owner of Lear Enterprises is also a former actress she has been working in this industry for more than 20 years as a Casting Director and has put hundreds of our clients to work...
Marilee Lear, Las Vegas ..., 15 Feb 2011 [cached]
Marilee Lear, Las Vegas casting director has asked us to hold a Meet and Greet for Adults. She is currently working with managers in LA and is looking for local talented actors/Actresses for projects to be filmed both here and in Los Angeles. Please bring headshots and resumes (if you have them) along with a 2 minute prepared scene or monologue to the Meet and Greet on April 30th between 5pm-7pm at our studios. Mrs. Lear is the only CSA casting director in Las Vegas and has cast many major projects such as Casino, Honeymoon in Vegas and the award winning Leavin' Las Vegas
About Marilee Lear
Marilee Lear, C.S.A has been working in this industry for more than 20 years as a Casting Director and has put hundreds of our clients to work in many Major Motion Pictures, Commercials, Print Advertising, and More! She is the "Go To" Person here for most Major and Minor Film Companies. She is also the ONLY licensed Casting Society of America Director in Nevada., 27 Nov 2002 [cached]
Marilee Lear
As a contribution to our Spotlight on Vegas issue--and in celebration of the launch of the new Las Vegas section of contacted Marilee Lear of Lear Entertainment, in Las Vegas.Our conversation was brief but gave me the impression that casting in Vegas is not that different from casting in Los Angeles.The professional, prepared actor wins the role--and gets invited to read again and again.And in Las Vegas, where $135 million was generated by filmmaking in 2001, that could be more often than you'd think.
Lear Entertainment, a 180,000-square-foot studio and production office facility, houses the casting and production office from which Lear (the only CSA member working in Vegas) has cast extras and local principals for features ranging from Sister Act II to Rush Hour II and from television series VIP to The Pretender.Lear has also cast commercials and even stage spectaculars for the Sahara and Bellagio--including Star Trek...The Experience.
First Casting Job: The 1992 Nicolas Cage feature Honeymoon in Vegas."I have since worked on a number of pictures with Nicolas Cage [including handling the task of extras casting for Con Air].He is the actor's actor," Lear said of Cage and his interest in working with like-minded talent when he comes to Vegas.
Coolest Casting Gig: Tim Burton's Mars Attacks."Tim Burton is an incredible talent," Lear recalled, explaining that the project is one she'd classify as, "The most unusual coolest casting gig.We worked in Kingman, Ariz., in the middle of a dry lake bed."
Another favorite, from Lear's Vegas casting history, was also one she classifies as a challenging film to cast: Casino."I placed 190 actors in that film," Lear recalled.Why that particular film, with its lush depiction of mobster life, was a challenge stemmed from its basis in reality."I was able to cast real characters for [director Martin] Scorsese.That means real retired mobsters and real FBI agents that were involved with [film subject] Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal actually worked on the film," she explained."Scorsese loved the reality.I even found the original ambulance team that responded when Rosenthal's car blew up.
Best Way To Get Seen by Her: Lear, who has recently begun the common casting-director-to-producer transition, has to limit the time she spends with unsolicited material."I don't have a lot of time, but if an actor has a reel, that is the best way to get seen by me," she said, indicating that, once an actor has enough material to compile a tape of his work, she'd like to see him.
Lear's database of actors currently includes more than 6,000 principal and extra performers.Getting into her database is a good thing for actors hoping to work in Vegas--whether Vegas residents or not--as she's tapped more than a few people for 3000 Miles to Graceland, Vegas Vacation, Fools Rush In, and Luckytown, the latter of which stars James Caan and Kirsten Dunst, along with 500 local extras and 14 Vegas-hired principal actors.
Currently Casting: "I've just completed [location casting for] The Jamie Kennedy Experiment for the WB and last night wrapped the search for a real bearded Santa Claus and The Globe Child for the Christmas show [being produced] at the Fashion Show Mall," Lear listed, somewhat relieved.
This has been a year of changes for Lear Entertainment, she confessed.
Also, Lear will soon begin casting on three feature films, all of which she has optioned as a producer.Casting on the first feature will begin in December.
What a Los Angeles Actor Needs To Know about the Las Vegas Market: "In the next year, the Vegas market is going to explode," Lear predicted."Los Angeles actors need to get here and get registered with a local agent," she advised."Actors who want to work in Vegas need to get into the Nevada Talent Guide," Lear explained of the guide most similar to the well-used L.A.-based Academy Players Directory."It's much smaller, of course," she admitted.
The main reason an actor needs to be listed in the Nevada Talent Guide, according to Lear, is so that the actor can be brought in as a "local hire."Lear happily books L.A. actors, but she needs to be able to reach them locally.To that end, she uses online resources (such as the one provided by the Nevada Talent Guide--again, like the Academy Players Directory's online companion--and uses the Breakdown Services listings and The Link) and, as mentioned above, has her own, ever-growing database of actors.
Key Things She Looks for in an Actor: Lear had only two things on her list: "professionalism and talent."Everything else, according to Lear, is negotiable.
Advice for Actors: Of course, Back Stage West readers know the emphasis casting directors place on preparedness.Lear is no different."The best advice that I can give to actors is to be prepared.It breaks my heart when I see the exact look that I am searching for and then [the actor] doesn't produce."When Lear realizes the actor with the right look just isn't bringing the material to life, she has been tempted to say, "Get prepared or get out of the business."
Most Gratifying Part of Her Job: "When a good actor does his job, I am in awe.The most gratifying part of my work is how it can change someone's life [to reward an actor with a role]."BSW
Marilee Lear, CSALear Entertainment41 N. Mojave Rd.Las Vegas, NV 89101
Casting Qs is a weekly column by Bonnie Gillespie focusing on the casting directors behind the projects.Suggestions for Qs are welcome via e-mail at
Today's News
L.A. Daily News - Santa Clarita, 1 Dec 2003 [cached]
Marilee Lear, owner of Lear Entertainment, will join ValCom as a consultant and member of the board of directors.She has been working in Las Vegas since the 1970s, and her 160,000-square-foot property is currently used to cast and produce television shows.
"I am ... elated by the business opportunity for Lear Entertainment, as this will enable us to extend our services into the Los Angeles community and significantly increase our business," Lear said.
Lear has cast for many films in Las Vegas, including "Rush Hour 2," "Casino" and "Showgirls."
Other People with the name "Lear":
Other ZoomInfo Searches
Accelerate your business with the industry's most comprehensive profiles on business people and companies.
Find business contacts by city, industry and title. Our B2B directory has just-verified and in-depth profiles, plus the market's top tools for searching, targeting and tracking.
Atlanta | Boston | Chicago | Houston | Los Angeles | New York
Browse ZoomInfo's business people directory. Our professional profiles include verified contact information, biography, work history, affiliations and more.
Browse ZoomInfo's company directory. Our company profiles include corporate background information, detailed descriptions, and links to comprehensive employee profiles with verified contact information.