John Basilone was born in Buffalo, New York on November 4, 1916. He enlisted in the Army in 1934, served in the Philippines, and was honorably discharged in 1937. Three years later, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in Baltimore, Maryland, and was assigned as a machine gunner with the 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division before heading into combat in the Pacific.
Jon Seda, a New Jersey native and amateur boxer, hung up his gloves in 1992 when he made his screen debut as a fighter in "Gladiator." His star rose throughout the '90s, thanks to roles in such films as "Carlito's Way" and "Twelve Monkeys," though it wasn't until "Homicide: Life on the Street" that Hollywood took serious notice. In 1996, Seda received critical acclaim for his role as Blue in the film "The Sunchaser," opposite Woody Harrelson, at the Cannes Film Festival. He then played the love interest to Jennifer Lopez's title character in the film "Selena," based on the true story. Seda's TV credits include series regular roles on "Kevin Hill" and "Close to Home," and recurring roles on "Ghost Whisperer" and HBO's "Oz." Seda has also guest starred on "House M.D.," "CSI: Miami," "NYPD Blue," "Las Vegas" and "Law & Order," among many others.