Hi, this is Sue! I run this website, the Facebook fan community, the chat room, and a bunch of other things for Larry. I’m often asked how I met Larry and how I came to be his “Girl Friday” of sorts. I shared a little bit of the story on the Facebook page recently and received such an enthusiastic response I thought I’d share the rest of it here.
The story starts of course in 1977 when CHiPs premiered. I was 7, and like most of you I immediately fell in love with the show and its characters. While I loved the entire gang at Central, there was something about Jon Baker that just connected with me. Maybe it was his warmth and kindness, his willingness to accept people for who they were, his gentleness with children, or his determination to make the world a better place in whatever small way he could, but he quickly became my hero. I grew up in a home damaged by alcoholism and its associated problems, and as an only child spent a lot of time alone. It was often painful, and Jon was the only positive male role model in my life for a very long time. I know most of you grew up wanting to marry Jon, but I wanted him to adopt me! Continue Reading
Conor Lynch was the best friend of Larry’s youngest son. On October 19th, 2010, Conor was hit and killed by a distracted driver. The Conor Lynch Foundation was established to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted drivers in hopes of preventing other senseless tragedies. Larry will be there to support this important cause and honor Conor’s memory.
As you all may know, on Sunday, September 22, 2013 I had told Dr. Robert Cameron, famous mesothelioma surgeon and Claire Cameron, the Executive Director that I would do all I could for their planned fund raiser, a motorcycle ride up the coast of California. It became more than a ride in so many ways so allow this old Hollywood Cop share it with you.
A few years ago I was jumping on our trampoline with my boys and I noticed I could only do it two or three times without being completely winded searching for more oxygen. I went to the doctor and had X-rays and the doom and gloom began. Continue Reading
Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about Larry and CHiPs. If you have some to add, please let us know!
1. How old is Larry?
Larry is 66 years old. He was born on August 8th, 1947.
2. Can I write to him?
Larry is happy to accept fan mail but can not guarantee everyone will get a personal reply.
3. Why did Jon wear a baton and tan gloves? Continue Reading
I really liked your truck on the show. Was it a GMC or Chevy? Did you drive it away from the set?
GMC – No I did not take it home as it was not in the best of shape even though it filmed well. LOL. I did race a Class 8 Ford Pick up in many races like the Baja 1000, Frontier 500 and such. We placed 4th in Baja.
I have two questions for you: first, aside from the character Jon Baker, what was your favorite role to play, and which role felt the most natural to you?
I had “moments” of indulgence with a lot of my characters. For example in the movie the Last Hard Men, I enjoyed the symbolism and my idea of the character nursing his peppermint sticks; on McGyver I enjoyed a few seconds of a scene where you see the deep and dark side of the character; in Dirty Dozen I liked the opening scene with Lee Marvin where I was playing make believe baseball; and on and on…. However, the most natural were roles that did not demand a lot of highs and lows but simply required a steady beat….like Lassie and CHIPS. Those roles were more Larry Wilcox ..
During the CHiPs Reunion that Sue Walsh put on for the entire cast of CHIPS, she talked to me about attending one of those autograph sessions where you sell your photos. I said I was no longer in the media and I do not think anyone would pay for my autograph but I do have fond memories of the old car shows when we used to do this and leave with cigar boxes of cash! Sue reminded me that Erik and Robert Pine do these from time to time. I said yes of course, because they are still in the media and they are marketing their names and brand. Continue Reading
It is interesting to see a person conditioned by their environment, blissfully unaware of what is taking place, and yet being molded accordingly. The simple Pavlovian theory seems to have had an influence on the snarky and the compliant offspring, knowingly and unknowingly. Do you recall the first time someone complimented you? Do you remember your reaction and feelings during those memories? In some youthful experiences one only tastes the dust of the desert and the lack of kinetics in the vacuum-like tube, called home where one eats, and sleeps during the transition from the other competitive world that defines identity. My home was for a meal here and there and more about it being a tent in between my next carnival or extravaganza. Continue Reading