April 17-19: Super Mega Fest, Marlborough MA (with Erik Estrada)
May 1-3: Hollywood Show, Chicago, IL (with Erik Estrada)
July 4th- Dukes of Hazzard Reunion, Livingston, LA
August 8-9: Pensacola Paracon, Pensacola FL
These are the only personal appearances he has lined up so far this year. We’ll update as more are added. Please consult each event’s website for information on tickets, hotels, and times.
As we learn to write scripts we learn that one of the key elements to tell the Story from a perspective which might be the victim, the protagonist, the antagonist or a third party. Once that is established then the camera angles and the art of making a movie are supposed to “compliment” that perspective. Perspective can completely change how a story is told. The child of an impoverished family and his or her needs might be one perspective and yet the yearning mother who wanted to live her dream and is now caught with encumbering responsibility in conflict with her soul is another perspective. The story changes dramatically of course.
So, allow me to share my humble perspective with you some of my wonderful experiences during the CHIPS days. Remember it is but one perspective, and as the crass saying goes, we all have one!
Warner Brothers has finally resumed the DVD releases after 6 long years! CHiPs: The Complete Third Season will be released on March 3, 2015. You can pre-order now on Amazon and direct from Warner Bros. Spread the word! The news CHiPs fans have waited for has arrived!
Some people might speculate that A Dinner Party with a grouping of nice tables and table cloths is simply that; a dinner party. I would beg to differ. A Dinner Party changes with the people invited. I mean imagine having a group of actors over and there is some fine music, a well appointed and served meal and some good old fashioned and casual exchange of stories laced with love humility and gratitude. Imagine the calm patience in the room of each actor sharing his or her story to the crowd and it is uninhibited and full of a rich, wonderful exchange. Now, take that same dinner party and invite some new comers and some teenagers and change the music and location, the gestures, the density of people and for some….the PARTY is ON or in some cases…the CIRCUS is ON! Continue Reading
Well, you spend your younger life studying to be an actor and you accept roles in various TV series and TV commercials to work yourself up the ladder. You negotiate for better credits so one day it will say “Starring Larry Wilcox” but when you work with Charlton Heston or James Coburn or Lee Marvin, they usually get better billing of course because they have a bigger brand. First billing means your name is shown first and means you have earned some branding in the business and companies have probably spent millions of dollars branding your personal name. I have learned to accept such billing and continued to work on my brand.
When Rick Rosner asked me to star in CHIPS and find a co-star with him I was excited about the fact that I would receive first billing branding and finally have another star credit. In later years, the legal arguments were to bump my name off the first position but that did not happen. Here we are 40 years later and ME TV says starring Erik Estrada and the “blonde guy”. As my wife watched an episode with me on TV and saw the “blonde guy” reference she sat amazed that Me TV would be so rude, so ruthless, to do what the National Enquirer would do. She exclaimed, “Wow, not only did they do something that is immoral, there is a contract obligation to using your name face and likeness.” The world is full of an amazing amount of respect and courtesy these days as a TV Network chooses to run the good old “classics” while exhibiting the crass morality and sensitivity of 2015. Legal and morality are often stepping stones in the world of entertainment. Onward……with more shallow chameleons in the business world, one realizes that handshakes and integrity are not part of today’s etiquette in a world of wordsmiths and phony contract obligations. By the way, my wife also said, “Blondes have more fun.” Gotta love her.
CHiPs – 40 years later and re-runs: