Wednesday, June 24, 2009


THE PHILANTHROPIST, which premieres tonight at 10pm ET on NBC, chronicles the heroic adventures of a billionaire playboy turned vigilante philanthropist. James Purefoy stars as Teddy Rist, a successful tycoon whose life is forever changed after rescuing a young boy during a hurricane in the Nigerian town he was visiting. Rist is spontaneous and impulsive and quickly decides to channel his passion, power and money into helping those in need.

Rist's actions are not just about helping others – he is purging his soul to help exorcise the inner demons which have been festering ever since his young son died and he lost everything he truly loved. Since the death of his son, the danger and risk to his life is the only way he can feel genuinely alive and he'll do anything in order to achieve his goals.

A man who has everything but can feel nothing, Rist keeps his adrenaline pumping by putting his business head and money-making skills to good use through bargaining with the self-righteous, making deals with drug barons and trading with the nefarious.

THE PHILANTHROPIST boasts a heady cast of established and up-and-coming talent. Purefoy takes on the lead role of Teddy Rist, Jesse L. Martin plays Teddy's business partner and friend, Philip Maidstone, and Neve Campbell plays Olivia, Philip's wife who also runs the charitable foundation set up by the two billionaires.

Purefoy, Martin and Campbell are supported by a tremendous line up of names from both sides of the Atlantic including Lindy Booth, Michael Kenneth Williams, Krista Allen (ex-Billie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and newcomer James Albrecht.

From Universal Media Studios, THE PHILANTHROPIST is a Carnival Films production in association with The Levinson/Fontana Company and Original Media. Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, Peter Horton, Charlie Corwin, Gareth Neame and Teri Weinberg serve as executive producers.


  1. I saw a screening last night at The Paley with a Q&A afterwards. The real life philanthropist--Bobby Sager -- was there. It's inspiring. I came away feeling good.

  2. Thanks for letting us know. I am going to DVR this.