Credited Extra for Short Film "Creation's Daughter".
Glendale College Drama Classes 1966
1967—Studied Principles of Acting- Princess Theatre, Hollywood
ABC Studios The New Steve Allen Show—Stagehand/gopher-3 months-(Until they found out I was underage)
Phoenix Theatre – Jean Anouilh’s Legend of Lovers, Jim Edmondson Directing. As The Lover
Phoenix Little Theatre – Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You In The Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad. Olan ‘Kit’ Carson Directing. As: Dad-The Lively Corpse.
Glendale Readers Theatre- The Vultures
Glendale College- Girl Crazy, Director Peter Overson. As: Pete the Mexican bandit.
Actors Inner Circle Repertory-Director Mel Weiser
Stage Hand & Set Design: The Caretaker
The Royal Hunt of the Sun
US Army - Public Speaking, General's Aid, Instructor
Civilian: 2 years as a registered lobbyist at State level representing a consortium of private, County & State Health Care Agencies; and 3 years as a lobbyist & Veteran's Advocate in Washington, D.C.-Clinton Administration.
Injured in the line of duty (non-combat) with a TBI in 1990. I was forced to retire and had to learn how to walk, talk and live all over again. Since that time I have rebuilt my life, re-invented myself and have succeeded when I was constantly told that I would never be able to leave a wheelchair or function normally. I am not a quitter, and treasure every moment and try to instill the same passion to those around me. I have re-built myself and now most folks would never know I have suffered such injuries. Now I appear to be just an elderly man, usually with a cane. As of October 2015 I live in the Phoenix, Arizona suburb of Goodyear.
The acting lessons and experience that I had during the 1960s, working in community & Repertory Theater, as well as taking acting classes was a long time ago. Yet I have utilized that training throughout my life. I am comfortable playing a disabled person with a cane, walker or powered wheelchair. I can be the aging nerd, the office manager or executive or fatherly figure. I come across very easily as the "older gentleman" in a variety of settings. I am comfortable wearing a tux or nothing at all. Dressing from biker, casual tourist, old cowboy, or with a coat & tie an executive. If I grow a beard and let my hair grow I am the perfect derelict street bum. I do well under pressure, don't panic, don't get flustered and I do work well with others. I am a team player and don't have to be in the spotlight to be happy.
As an over achiever in the army, that training provided a way to accept and accomplish some difficult & unusual assignments. I have found that I have some very unique abilities in working with other people, which are valuable tools in the acting craft. I pick up local accents & customs easily within a couple of weeks of exposure and can “go native” without difficulty in almost any setting. I have no problem taking direction or working in front of a camera and I am an accomplished public speaker. I have lived in Germany & Italy and traveled extensively in Europe. So I am comfortable with their customs, dress & way of life. Though I have not used it in several years, so I am not totally conversant anymore, I had a second language of Bavarian German. I feel that with a little practice I can maintain a proper Bavarian accent & speech.
My training & experience are mainly in the areas of management & administration in office and medical fields; counseling and interrogation. Though I have had many full time & part-time jobs during my life ranging from: dishwasher; short order cook; taxi driver; movie theatre usher & manager; race horse groom & jockey; swimming pool sales & maintenance; mail room clerk; door-to-door sales; homeless shelter/ rehab manager and death & dying counselor; lobbyist/activist both State & National levels; corporate & military recruiting; dog trainer; to instructor and lecturer in several fields. After retirement I spent ten years living full time & traveling in a large motor home so I am comfortable handling & working around RVs. At this point in my life, I can offer a unique perspective with a variety of talents, which I would prefer to use as a walk-on, bit-part or background actor. When I am dressed in a suit & tie, I appear to be the distinguished “older” man or an authoritative figure. By wearing different clothes I easily project the personae of sloppy; nerdy; motorcycle leathers; western wear, outdoorsman or even playing the obnoxious tourist; senior officer or NCO in the military; or executive or the crotchety grandfather or recluse, or the aging member of a nudist colony. I can appear as an invalid comfortable with walkers, canes, & power chairs or as a non-descript retired man or fatherly figure. I am empathetic and work well with most warm-blooded animals, especially dogs and horses but I do have a problem with snakes and spiders. I have training & experience in handling/working with Service Dogs.
Despite a successful career in the army, I had very little exposure to weapons and did not see combat. However, I did participate in enough training & field maneuvers that I can “blend in” to a situation easily. I was trained & experienced in Personnel & Medical Administration; ICU Operations; IG Inspector; Interrogator & Intel Analyst; General’s Aid; Instructor; Recruiter; Senior/General’s Staff Advisor at the Brigade or Corps level. I also have experience in the travel industry as a RV Park/Resort Office Manager; Tour Guide and Journalist/Reporter. I have been a speech writer and for the last three years working as a freelance journalist writing feature articles for several regional magazines. I am a member of the Military Writers Society of America, the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. I hold a valid US Passport and have no problem with traveling to a foreign country.
- Active Duty
- Post-Vietnam (76-89)
- Vietnam (60-75)