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Dancing with the Stars: Season 6 Contestants

Dancing with the Stars: Season 6 Contestants

The sixth season of Dancing with the Stars returns Monday, March 17th @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

Here are this season’s contestants: Tony award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur, 35; Actor and radio personality Adam Carolla, 43; Shannon Elizabeth, 34; Actor Cristián de la Fuente, 33; Actor Steve Guttenberg, 49; Actor/entertainer Penn Jillette, 52; R&B singer Mario, 21; Actress/businesswoman Priscilla Presley, 62; Tennis star Monica Seles, 34; Miami Dolphins football star Jason Taylor, 33; and Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi, 36.

Read their full biographies inside…

ADAM CAROLLA – Television and Radio personality Adam Carolla is the host of the Los Angeles based and nationally syndicated morning radio program, The Adam Carolla Show. The actor/comedian has his first starring film role soon to be released in The Hammer (in theaters March 21st), which he co-wrote and co-produced. Carolla was also one of the creators and hosts of Comedy Central’s The Man Show (alongside Jimmy Kimmel) and the MTV and long-running syndicated radio program, Loveline, with Dr. Drew Pinsky.

CRISTIÁN DE LA FUENTE – Having started his acting career in his native Chile, the international film and television star’s Spanish language projects include: Univisión’s mini series, Como ama una mujer and Sony television’s Reyes y Rey which aired on Telemundo. He gained recognition in the States as a series regular on Family Law and CSI: Miami. Recent TV guest roles include: Ugly Betty and Psych. He stars in the upcoming USA Network series, In Plain Sight. Film work includes Driven and Basic. Cristián is a First Lieutenant in the Chilean Air Force Reserve and a member of Halcones, the High Aerobatics team. People Magazine named him one of their “50 Most Beautiful.” He was the first man ever to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan en Espanol.

SHANNON ELIZABETH – Actress/model Shannon Elizabeth starred in the box office hits, American Pie and Scary Movie. Some of her other credits include Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Love Actually, Cuts and That 70s Show. Shannon is also an accomplished poker player taking third out of sixty-four invited professionals at the 2007 National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

STEVE GUTTENBERG – Actor Steve Guttenberg has starred in blockbusters such as Police Academy, Three Men And A Baby, Short Circuit and Cocoon, as well as such acclaimed dramatic hits as Diner and The Boys From Brazil. Guttenberg has starred in a dozen films, each of which earned in excess of $100,000,000 at the American box office. His television credits include one of the highest-rated telefilms of all time, The Day After. Guttenberg runs The Guttenhouse Project, which houses selected children who are phased out of foster care programs.

MARIO – Twenty-one year-old, multi-platinum selling R&B/Pop singer and actor, Mario, is known for such hit singles as “Just a Friend (2002)” and “Let Me Love You.” He was the recipient of Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year in 2005 for “Let Me Love You” and was nominated for a Grammy, BET Award, Vibe Award, MOBO Award and Soul Train Music Award. His latest album Go is in stores now. Mario has also appeared in the feature films Step Up and Freedom Writers.

MARLEE MATLIN – Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Children of a Lesser God, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. At 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and only one of four actresses to receive the honor for her film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Marlee received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. She has since appeared on a number of hit television programs including The West Wing, The L-Word, Nip/Tuck, and Desperate Housewives. In Spring 2008, she will star opposite Jeff Daniels in the telefilm, Sweet Nothing In My Ear.

PENN JILLETTE – Penn Jillette is one-half of the famous illusionist team Penn & Teller. Penn & Teller have been performing together for thirty years and are currently headlining in their own theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. They’ve received eleven Emmy nominations for their television series, Penn & Teller: Bulls**t and created several TV projects together. The duo has also written three best-selling books. In 2005, Penn produced and co-created the critically acclaimed documentary, The Aristocrats.

PRISCILLA PRESLEY – Actress, producer and entrepreneur Priscilla Presley starred in the Naked Gun films and the internationally popular television series Dallas, as well as guest-starred on TV’s Touched by an Angel, Spin City and Melrose Place. Founder of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Priscilla has also served as executive producer on the feature film Finding Graceland and the television version of her autobiography, Elvis and Me. Presley was married to music icon, Elvis Presley.

MONICA SELES – Tennis champ, Monica Seles, is the holder of nine grand slam singles titles and was the top-ranked player in the world. She turned pro in 1988 at the age of fourteen and won her first grand slam championship, the French Open, just two years later. After a two-year absence from the tour in 1993 and 1994, Seles rose above adversity and returned to capture her final grand slam crown in 1996 winning the Australian Open. She holds an outstanding career win loss singles record of 595-122 and was ranked the13th greatest player of all time by Tennis Magazine. Her accomplishments also extend beyond the tennis court as Goodwill Ambassador for the Laures Sports Foundation and the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Microalgae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM).

JASON TAYLOR – This year’s NFL Man of the Year Award Winner and last year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Taylor has played defensive end for the Miami Dolphins for over a decade. The six-time All Pro formed the Jason Taylor Foundation in 2004 and continues to be heavily involved throughout the South Florida community. Taylor holds the NFL record for touchdowns by a defensive lineman (7) and is the Dolphins all-time leader in quarterback sacks (117) and consecutive games played (130). Jason is married to Katina, and the couple reside in Weston, Fla., with their two sons, Isaiah Paul and Mason Paul, and daughter, Zoe Grace.

MARISSA JARET WINOKUR – Marissa Jaret Winokur is best known for creating the role of “Tracy Turnblad” in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, a performance for which she won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress. Winokur has since been seen in the Farrelly Brothers film Fever Pitch and the television series Stacked. She just finished filming the series lead in a new pilot called Fugly, for 20th Century Fox and CBS and is currently working as one of the leads in the Lifetime movie Betrayals.

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI – An Olympic Gold medalist and World Champion, Kristi Yamaguchi is one of the most popular and successful figure skaters of our time. Since winning the 1992 Winter Olympics, Yamaguchi retired from competitive skating, performing in numerous television specials and traveling the globe on Stars on Ice tour. Along with her many awards and accomplishments, she is a member of the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the US Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1996, she founded the Always Dream Foundation dedicated to fundraising and supporting children’s charities. Yamaguchi is married to Stanley Cup Champion and Carolina Hurricanes star, Bret Hedican. Together, they have two young daughters.

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  • tina

    ive only heard of mario and shannon elizabeth the rest are unknowns

  • sweet kisses

    Worst cast ever!

  • tina

    and kristi i know of her too.

  • mimiuvitello

    is vanessa set to perform in the dancing with the stars as guest? just asking..

  • Yv3tt3

    hey, but mario can already dance .. yay cristian de la fuente. Oh, lord, steve guttenberg, can’t wait to see that … and priscilla?!!!

  • shenanyginz

    yeah I agree with #2… and I don’t even care for this show. But I seriously have no idea who most of those people are. And though I LOVE mario I agree with #5… he can dance… and damn well too

  • [☆F a m o u s☆]

    ugh, definitely the worst cast ever. its a who’s who of ‘who?!?’

    mario’s actually relevant. why is he even on the show.

  • [☆F a m o u s☆]

    sweet kisses,

    keep your name and email out my info box’s. your sister’s type cute though. lol i’d pipe it.

    wow steve guttengerg… lol i was a big police academy fan growing up, i had all the action figures.

  • marck

    You will never guess who shared the hottest lesbian kiss in HOLLYWOOD….and Miley Cyrus got wasted …….again….See the photos on Why Fame . com

  • yaya

    i def wanna see mario bust a move i hope he gets partnered with a really good dancer. i think juilanne is amazing but shes paired with someone else. n i wonder whos gna take maks place for this season. im really gonna miss him but i just hope mark and derek are back there awesome dancers.

  • Sharri

    i only know Mario and Kristi on the list
    i might watch it idk

    im pretty sure Mark is going to be back :)
    i think Derek is going to be too

  • may

    Cristián de la Fuente is one of the most HANDSOME man! EVER!

  • Vale

    wow, cristian de la fuente!?
    just wow…i didn’t know he was going to do this..
    nice surprise…

  • may

    @ Vale #13

    I’ll be DROOOOLING! Wanna join?! :D

  • mina

    Wow, I am impressed people dont know MONICA SELES
    PRISCILLA PRESLEY , MARLEE MATLIN . I mean these are international names.
    Marleen who was married to actor William Hurt is deaf.. it should be interesting to see her working with her teacher in this show.

  • happy

    Boring list except for Kristi. I cant believe they have Prisiclla Presley!!!

  • greatshow

    Adam is a great actor. I am his fan. I saw him on R i c h C u p i d s . com last week. Apparently he is si ngle again.

  • lene


  • Helena

    Shannon Elizabeth? Haha, there goes her career.

  • Regina

    LOL at Marlee Matlin. What was she thinking? She wins an oscar, then she goes on Dancing with the Stars. Idiot!

  • PD
  • Katie

    Who are they dancing with. And Cristián de la Fuente is so hot. I think that he will stay on for a long time. What happened to putting Donny Osmond on. I don’t like this cast, only Cristián de la Fuente.

  • duppep24

    Some of you people are so stupid. First of all, how can you not have heard of some of these people? Adam Carolla, Shannon Elizabeth, Steve Guttenburg, Mario, Penn Jillette, Priscilla Presley, Jason Taylor? I mean come ON! And also, I don’t watch the show, but i think this is a good cast. Dancing With The Stars. They are all stars. What is wrong with the cast? And also to mina #15, Marlee Matlin is only partially deaf. She can still hear a little bit. But honestly, some of you people must live under a rock…

  • buublegummer7

    umm i only know mario &
    but i am very young so i don’t know much of these weird people,
    i wanna see some of these people danncee ! ♥

  • Erin Burkard

    Marlee is amazing!!!!! And an inspiration :) <3 !!!

  • masterbear

    bristol should have been voted off on the first show!!!!! shes the worst dancer ever and her mom is the only reason shes still on!p