Category: Columns

Battle of the Network Stars-Then & Now

Back in the 70s and early 80s you were “invited” to compete in the Battle of the Network Stars and you would be one of a handful of stars representing your Network. (NBC, ABC, and CBS)   In my case, that meant NBC and I think they asked me to do it 4 or 5 years in a row.  Fast forward 40 years and they asked me again to “compete” or more politely…make an appearance and have fun.  Innuendo is accepted! You know, one of the greatest pleasures I have in my Hollywood Life if you will is I got...

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The Infamous Nod

Traditionally, when an employer asks you to do a personal appearance they guarantee you a minimal fee. They pay all your travel, hotel, and per diem expenses. If they do not give you a minimum, then you sell your photos for anywhere from $25 to up to $100 or more per picture . I usually sell mine for $30 to $40 each.  You can literally autograph a lot of photos per hour if the “demand” is there and they have promoted the show correctly.  The show in New Jersey is by far the best……and it is called CHILLER.  You...

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Reunion? *A Short Story by Larry Wilcox*

It is a fascinating existence to enter and exit various points of view as it makes one much wiser. I have always had this voracious appetite to learn more about so many different things and people. Each time I read and explore new information I find myself convinced I am so naïve and so far behind on so many things. As you get older you start to realize it is best to quell one’s opinion because it is simply a perspective that is yearning for fans to generate a consensus of agreement…such a shallow contradiction when one calls for...

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Lassie & My TV Career

In May of 1970 I drove with my new son, Derek and my wife, Judy in our new Pontiac LeMans from the old, parched desert with an unromantic name….29 PALMS. I was a young Sergeant in the USMC, returning from Vietnam and I had just received an honorable discharge from the “Stumps” …. the local handle that was given to the God forsaken Marine Corp base at 29 Palms, California. Stumps was famous for it’s 115 degree summers where we had to run physical fitness tests and people literally passed out. My commanding officer (Colonel) and my Top Sergeant...

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The Yellow Brick Road

Yesterday, I drove through L.A. traffic on the 101 and as a veteran I still got lost and had to back track.  I finally arrived at my destinations which were described as brand new state of the art Hollywood Studios. Side by side big black buildings.  Pull around in back somewhere and park.  I found a quick space on the side, and violated the instructions but parked there.  Now I had made two mistakes. Nam has always made me trust my instinct as it is time honored. I walked down the alley way and stared at these two black...

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“NUANCE”

Remembering youthful thoughts and girly visions that tickled your tummy and changed your eyes from simple visual tools to lily ponds…… takes me back to the days of The First Date.   I can remember we had to invite a girl during elementary school days to a box social for cub scouts.  I can remember having to do that and wondering why I had to invite a girl as I had nothing in common with her and this was going to create lots of anxiety for the evening.  I knew this anxiety would have a crescendo and I had no...

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Struggles

Remember when you were 5 or 6 years old, filled with the zeal of life, wishing you did not have to sleep because you were so excited to simply “experience” anything and everything. The joy and sheer awe of those daily experiences seemed to be tented in high velocity and throbbing chaos. The glee of bouncing off a wall, or thing or even a person while being blind to any perception of differentiation was an hourly thing. I can remember growing up down by Sunnyside Elementary School in a 1 bedroom home on a large lot. My Mother raised...

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Perspectives from a CIRCLE

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...

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Reflections on CHiPs 40 Years Later

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...

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The Brave New America – VERTAX?

As I read some of the provocative Huxley book, The Brave New World, I wondered about what is now happening with America and where we are all going.  When I read the Vanity Fair article about Edward Snowden and his escape as a hero or traitor from the NSA one begins to see the conflicts we are now having in a Free World which was set in motion, with words like, for the people, of the people and by the people.  When Wiki Leaks and Julian Assange became the hot new headlines exposing the veiled canonized America we so...

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