Pleased to announce that you can enjoy a nice collection of interviews with Larry from 1983 to the present in our new interview archive. Just click on the Interview Archive link, chose an interview to listen to, and enjoy! More will be added as often as possible, so keep checking back for new...Read More
Category: In The Press
Long before he found fame riding alongside fellow 70’s heartthrob Erik Estrada in the hit TV series “CHiPs”, Larry Wilcox took on a very different role, one far less glamorous and that won him few fans. In May of 1967, the then 19-year-old, knowing the draft was looming, followed in his older brother’s footsteps and joined the Marine Corps. His unit, the 12th Marines, fought in Vietnam in the I Corps which ranged in areas from Dong Ha to the DMZ and Con Thien, and eventually, the Tet Offensive. “We were a recon survey team which was inserted by helicopter to survey a mountain top or area for an Artillery Fire Base and upon completion would then run the FDC (Fire Direction Control) by using and computing distance, range, and azimuth via Slide Rule for 105 Howitzer, 155, 175 and 8-inch Artillery,” he explains. Wilcox actually credits growing up in Wyoming’s ranch life as helping him deal with the rigors of being a soldier. “Growing up in Wyoming amongst pragmatic cowboys was helpful as I transitioned to Vietnam and War. Wyoming was a place where the seasons could romantically hug you and mankind could slap you. The mentality regarding adversity was, find a solution, and move forward-charge! Blissful youth prepped with “cowboy try” is how I coped with the Tet Offensive. I learned to tackle adversity with solutions and...Read More
Los Angeles, CA, September 28th, 2012 — “CHiPs” star Larry Wilcox is scheduled to appear at the 9th Annual 10-4 Day benefit this October 4th in Hollywood. The event benefits the California Highway Patrol’s 11-99 Foundation, its Broderick Crawford Benefits Program, and the LAPD Museum and Benefit Fund. The day will include a special ceremony at Broderick Crawford’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, (Crawford played CHP Chief Dan Mathews in the popular series “Highway Patrol” that ran from 1955-59, and his son is deeply involved with the 11-99 Foundation as his way of honoring his legacy.) and a parade featuring law enforcement officers from the CHP, the LAPD, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, those who played them on TV and many vintage police vehicles. Wilcox, who enjoyed reuniting with his fellow CHiPs castmates earlier this month to celebrate the series’ 35th anniversary, says he’s looking forward to the event. “These personal appearances are my way of expressing my gratitude to the policemen, firemen, FBI and other such agencies,” he said, “ I had a good time and am grateful for the police roles I have played and hope that I have given more than I have taken. I have spent 60 years putting my signature on my life, serving my government and country in Vietnam to doing some public service now. I like to wallow in...Read More
A few days ago Larry stopped by the terrific Just My Show podcast, dedicated to all things retro pop culture. He talked about CHiPS, stardom, the 70s, his brief stint as a “disco king”, life after CHiPs, the reunion and more. Check it out here or download it from iTunes or the podcast directory of your choice. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this! It was a fantastic interview and a lot of fun to listen...Read More
(Los Angeles) March 3rd, 2012 — “CHiPs” star Larry Wilcox and his fellow series co-star Robert Pine appeared at the 2012 SuperConvention on February 24th at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas to receive an award on behalf of “CHiPs” and its successful toy line. The popular TV show, which ran from 1977-1983, was inducted into the Diecast Hall of Fame. Pine and Wilcox also signed autographs and posed for pictures with excited fans, many of whom grew up watching the duo, along with fellow co-star Erik Estrada, who declined to attend, patrol the freeways of Los Angeles every Saturday night. They were joined by Catherine Bach, best known for her iconic role as Daisy Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard”. Old time racing friend and mentor Parnelli Jones was also inducted into the Hall of Fame and they had a good chat about Wilcox’s Land Speed records in Bonneville. “but Parnelli was the real deal!” Wilcox said with a smile. Wilcox was attracted to the Diecast Hall of Fame due to his work as a marketing and digital tech consultant with North South Machinery, a California based distributor of new and used metal cutting machines and robotics. He’s found that the wide spectrum of machines the company sells and services result in many stories of heartfelt American work ethic, success and ingenuity. He plans on doing a TV series...Read More
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