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- Melissa Anderson
Although the TV series Little House on the Prairie was set in the 1870’s it is definitely a pop culture icon of that groovy decade known as the 70’s. And few television stars of the decade were as high-profile as Melissa (Sue) Anderson, who played "Mary Ingalls" on the show. Her show-business career got underway when a dance teacher urged her parents to find an agent for her. She began doing TV commercials, and the blond, blue-eyed beauty was in great demand for many roles, and starred in television movies and such shows as The Brady Bunch (1969) and Shaft (1973). Fast forward to now and you can now purchase Melissa's newly written autobiography The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Time on Little House.
- Fisher Stevens
Fisher Stevens moved from his native Chicago to New York at the age of 13 to pursue an acting career. He tried, unsuccessfully, to get any kind of job and was, he recalls, even rejected as extra for a Crest commercial. However, after much hard work, Fisher landed a part in a movie that many people still love to this day; "Ben Jabituya" in Short Circuit, 1986. From there he moved on to such films as Short Circuit 2 and Hackers. He also co-starred for four years, alongside Kyle Chandler, in the CBS series Early Edition. Most recently, he won an Oscar for Best Documentary in his production The Cove.
- Bill Sadler
Bill Sadler has the distinction of appearing in more than 75 New York stage productions in just 12 years. He is best remembered for his roles in Die Hard 2 (1990) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994). But let us not forget is hilarious role in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey as "Death." He has been in three movies adapted from Stephen King's work: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999) and The Mist (2007); all three movies were directed by Frank Darabont.
- Ted Raimi
Welcome Ted Raimi to the Radio Video Active microphone! After attending Michigan State University and NYU, Ted began working in motion pictures. His earliest films include Shocker, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Darkman and Candyman. After playing the role of "LT. Tim O'Neil" in 1993's sci-fi show Seaquest DSV, Ted moved onto what probably became his big break: that of "Joxer" on Xena: Warrior Princess. Ted often works with actor Bruce Campbell (as he did in all three Spider-man movies), who has also been a guest here on RVA. Lately, Ted has been seen in the TV shows Supernatural and Legend of the Seeker where he has a recurring role as the mapmaker, "Sebastian."
- William Katt
Bill Katt got his start in acting in the 1970 television show Night Chase. From there he moved onto programs like Emergency!, Ironside, and Gunsmoke. Many of us remember William from the 1979 made-for-TV movie Butch and Sundance: The Early Days in which he portrayed a young Sundance Kid. And then in 1989 Bill began a TV show that would become a cult classic--The Greatest American Hero. He auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars (1977) opposite Kurt Russell, who auditioned for the role of Han Solo. In 2008, he started his own line of comic books, Catastrophic Comics, with the launch of the critically acclaimed book Sparks co-created with Christopher Folino.
- Candace Cameron Bure
Many of you know Candace Cameron Bure from ABC's hit television series, Full House, where we affectionately knew her as "D.J. Tanner." With an acting career that started at the age of five, Candace appeared in several national television commercials and prime-time hits such as St. Elsewhere, Growing Pains and Who's the Boss. Her feature film credits stand up to the light of her television success with appearances in such films as Punchline with Tom Hanks and Sally Field. Currently she is in the midst of completing the first season‘s slate of episodes as her character "Summer Van Horn" on ABC Family Network’s bona-fide hit show Make It Or Break It. In addition to the continued growth of her acting career Candace serves as the National Ambassador for National House of Hope and all the while continues to travel the country speaking at various churches and women's conferences sharing her Christian faith.
- Demond Wilson
We all no doubt remember Demond for his role as Lamont Sanford on Sanford and Son; but let us not forget the many other things that Demond has done such as The Hollywood Squares, Baby, I'm Back and The New Odd Couple. Also, a little known fact is that he served the USA in the Vietnam War in the early 1960's. As for other social endeavors, Demond became a minister in 1984 and in 1994 he formed The Restoration House of America which gives spiritual guidance and vocational training to former inmates.
- Patti Page
Patti Page is one of America’s true musical icons. In the course of her seven-decade recording career, she has become a living legend by selling more than 100 million records, making her one of the biggest selling female recording artists in history. Patti became the first crossover artist to take country music out of the country and onto the pop charts with such million record sellers as "Mockin’ Bird Hill," "I Went To Your Wedding," "Mister & Mississippi," and, of course, the legendary "Tennessee Waltz," which was #1 concurrently on all three charts (Pop, Country, & R&B) and sold more than 20 million copies. Several of her acting roles were in movies such as Elmer Gantry, Dondi, and The Patti Page Oldmosbile Show.
- Jamie Farr
Born Jameel Joseph Farah on July 1, 1934, in Toledo, Ohio, Jamie began his acting career at age 11 when he won $2 in a local talent show. While attending Woodward High School, he wrote and acted in two variety shows, was editor of his school paper, president of the Radio Club, and manager of the football and basketball teams. He later won his first film role as Santini in The Blackboard Jungle (alongside Sidney Poitier), then served two years in the army in Korea and Japan. He then proceeded to carve out a TV career by appearing as a regular on The Red Skelton Show and several episodes of the The Danny Kaye Show. Then in 1972, Jamie became a full member of the cast of the No.1 show on television, M*A*S*H*, playing Corporal Klinger and having even directed several episodes, even though he was originally only hired for one day's work. Jamie’s greatest passion aside from acting is golf and every year presents The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
- Barbara Eden
Born Barbara Jean Moorhead, in 1934, in Tucson, Arizona, Barbara is most often associated with her role as the genie in the bottle in the long-running TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie (1965), co-starring Larry Hagman. Shortly after shooting began on the pilot episode for I Dream of Jeannie, it was learned that she was pregnant. Director Gene Nelson invented a shot he playfully called the "ATB" ("Above the Baby"). "Sometimes," he stated, "We'd have to follow Jeannie's arm across the room." As a child, Barbara had to wear glasses, an eye patch and pigtails.
- David Stollery
Born in 1941, David Stollery began appearing as "the child" in many Hollywood features. However, it was with Disney Studios that he really made his mark. As a teen Dave was most notable for his role as Marty Markham, the spoiled rich kid, in The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955), seen regularly on The Mickey Mouse Club (1955). While many of his acting contemporaries were making their move into rock music and teen idol pictures, Stollery left Hollywood to pursue his education. Capitalizing on his fascination with auto design, David has made a significant mark in the automobile industry. He is credited with the design of the 1978 Toyota Celica, and has directed the design of over 22 models for the Japanese firm. Stollery most recently has become president of his own manufacturing company, making fiberglass lifeguard towers--the only of their type made in the US. Stollery claims not to miss Hollywood or the fame one bit.
- Julie Andrews
Julie made her Broadway debut at the age of 19 in The Boyfriend. She then went on to create the role of ‘Eliza Doolittle’ in the stage production of My Fair Lady and subsequently ‘Guinevere’ in Camelot. She received an Academy award for Best Actress in her first film, Mary Poppins, and was nominated for her performance in The Sound of Music, one of the most successful motion pictures of all time. Her crystalline singing voice, wholesome appeal, natural elegance and sly humor made her a top box office draw around the world. Now she is concentrating on her writing career along with her Daughter, Emma. They are now collaborating on the children's book Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies.
- Michael Winslow
Surely we've all seen at least one, if not all, of the of the Police Academy movies of the 80's. Moreover, probably the best well-known character of those movies had to have been Sgt. Larvelle Jones (the guy who made all the cool sound effects!). Ever wonder how in the world did he do that? Well growing up on an air force base, his mom tells stories about when he was young he would imitate the airplane noises, jet engines, basically anything that made a sound he copied with sounds that came out of his mouth. After performing his impersonation of Jimmy Hendrix to a flabbergasted audience, Michael decided to be an entertainer; he then hitchhiked to Venice Beach, CA to perform at various comedy clubs. Since breaking into movies, Michael has portrayed roles in all Police Academy movies, Spaceballs, and lent his voice as "Stripe" in Gremlins.
- Doris Roberts
Doris knew she would become a professional actress when she made her debut at the age of six, portraying a potato in a school play. When her first line got big laughs, she liked it and decided to pursue the limelight by entering the popular Hearn’s Amateur Hour radio talent contest, and even though she didn't win, she continued toward her dream. That dream came true in l955, when Doris debuted on Broadway in William Saroyan’s classic "The Time of Your Life." The following year she was asked to understudy one of the great ladies of the American stage, Shirley Booth, in "Desk Set." Lily Tomlin coaxed Doris away from Broadway to join her comedy series, The Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour, initiating a new and thriving career in television. After nine years as Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, which brought her international accolades as the most popular comedic actress in television, Doris is returning to features, soon to debut Aliens in the Attic.
- Dean Stockwell
Most notably, as we all recall, was Dean's role as Admiral Al Calavicci alongside Scott Bakula in the 1989 series Quantum Leap On NBC. You will also remember Dean from one of his most favorite jobs Blue Velvet of 1986 starring, among others, Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rosalini. Currently Dean is concentration on his new passion, that of abstract/surrealism painting. And lastly, most recently, his role on the new Battlestar Galactica on the SyFy network as John Cavil.
- Mark Metcalf
Here's the guy that many of us loved to hate from 1978's Animal House; "Lt. Doug Neidermeyer" portrayed by Mark Metcalf. We'll surely never forget seeing that golf ball richochet off his helmet. You may also remember Mark in the recurring role of "The Maestro" on Seinfeld. And in case you were wondering who was under all that make-up in the role of "The Master" in TV's Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, it was none other than Mr. Metcalf. Currently Mark is managing his own restaurant in Milwaukee, IL, and soon you'll be able to see him in The Adventures of Belvis Bash and Fort McCoy.
- Jonathan Frakes
Ironically, Jonathan did not begin college with the goal of becoming an actor. In 1970, he enrolled in Penn State as a psychology major. The next summer he worked as an usher for the local theater and observed his peers thoroughly enjoying acting. He was motivated to switch his major to theater arts and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1974 and later earned his masters in 1976. Jonathan has been on Broadway, has had a stint on the soap opera The Doctors and has guest-starred on programs like Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, Highway to Heaven and The Dukes of Hazzard. All this before moving on to the role we all know and love, Commander William T. Riker of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In case you didn't know, Jonathan shares a birthday with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.
- James Avery
Although best known as the uncle/patriarch and judge "Philip Banks" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), James Avery is a classically trained actor and scholar. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, he joined the US Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam. Upon leaving the military in 1969, he moved to San Diego, California and began writing TV scripts and poetry for PBS. He won an Emmy for production during his tenure there and deservedly won a scholarship to the University of California at San Diego from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama and Literature. In addition to his sitcom popularity, he has lent his voice to over a dozen animated television series and features. He also has been the primary host of the popular PBS travel and adventure series Going Places (1997).
- Robert Loggia
As the child of Elena and Benjamin Loggia, Robert Loggia was a radio and TV anchor in the Southern Command Network in the Panama Canal Zone. Loggia first came to prominence playing real-life American lawman Elfego Baca in a 1958 series of Walt Disney television shows. He starred as the proverbial cat-burglar-turned-good in a short-lived series called T.H.E. Cat. A few of his film and TV roles include Scarface, Independence Day, Combat!, and The Sopranos. In case you didn't know sis hair and eyebrows are more than often dyed a brown-like color in his movies, so often that his naturally white hair comes as a surprise when seen in real life and in films without it.
- Monte Markham
Monte received his MFA from the University of Georgia in 1960 and was an instructor at Stephens College, Missouri, from 1960-1962 before he pursued a full-time acting career. A singing talent as well, he made his Broadway debut opposite Debbie Reynolds in Irene in 1973, for which he won a Theatre World Award. He stayed with the show for over 200 performances. You'll remember Monte with recurring roles in TV programs such The A-Team, Dallas, and Simon & Simon among others. Currently he prefers work behind the camera as a director. Monte's brother Jess was a pilot for Air America, the CIA airline in southeast Asia.
- Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty spent the first two decades of his career as a stage actor.
Since then, he has found his niche as a supporting actor and has become one of those performers who seems to appear in every film that is released. In 1976, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Network for his portrayal of Arthur Jenson, owner of the fictional UTN network. Beatty also earned 2 Emmy nominations for his numerous television movie and guest appearances. He appeared on the critically acclaimed series Homicide and had a recurring role as Dan's dad on the hit show Roseanne. His big screen credits include All The President's Men (1976), Superman (1978), Superman II (1980) and The Big Easy (1987). In the 1990's, Beatty appeared in Hear My Song (1991) for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, and Rudy (1994).
- Fraser Heston
A small slice of trivia that some of you may or may not know. The baby Moses was portrayed at the beginning of The Ten Commandments by none other than Charlton Heston's son, Fraser. During his long career, Fraser has become quite an accomplished film director. He's been a part of such movies as Castle Rock's Alaska (an outdoor family adventure film, starring Vincent Kartheiser, Dirk Benedict, and Aggie, the world's only trained polar bear in which Heston enthusiastically drew on his own experience and adventures in the Alaskan wilderness), Needful Things, and The Crucifier of Blood. Fraser also produced The Bible, a four-hour multimedia documentary under his Agamemnon banner for The Arts and Entertainment Network.
- Tom Sullivan
Tom Sullivan, known to many as an actor, singer, entertainer, author, and producer, lives and works by “Sullivan’s Rules.” As a young boy he found himself fenced in his back yard, but he refused to be fenced in by his blindness. Having spent the early part of his career pursuing his ambition as a singer and composer, Tom started out playing the piano in summer resorts in New England. He eventually gained national prominence with appearances on The Tonight Show (on which he has appeared more than 60 times), a major recording contract, and a steady stream of gigs in Las Vegas and resorts around the country. As a special correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America, Tom has become a regular morning fixture in millions of American homes. His touching and insightful reports give many that “you can do it” bit of inspiration to start their day.
- Lou Ferrigno
Lou was only 21 when he won his first Mr. Universe title, a Guinness Book record that stands to this day. More incredible, at age 22 he won again - and to this day remains the only person to win consecutive titles. He is keeping very busy. Most notably, Lou appeared in, and performed the voice of The Hulk in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, directed by Louis Leterrier, with a cast that includes Edward Norton and Liv Tyler. Last year, Lou completed an extensive physical and academic training program and became a "Deputy" for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Lou also continued his recurring guest star role on King of Queens, starring Kevin James and Leah Remini. We highly suggest you visit Lou's website, listed below, to find out more about the man and his career as a body builder and actor.
- Dee Wallace
Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, Dee Wallace has worked as an author, teacher, dancer and actress in film, television and the stage for over 30 years. With over 100 credits to her name, Ms. Wallace's feature film credits include such classics as The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, Cujo, Secret Admirer, The Frighteners, 10, and most notably her starring role in one of America’s most celebrated films, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Academy Award winning director and film icon Steven Spielberg. She was recently featured in the exciting new remake of Rob Zombie’s Halloween. As an author, Dee has written a book devoted to the art of self-healing. She conducts monthly workshops to introduce people to the healing techniques outlined in her book, Conscious Creation.
- Tony Dovolani
While he looks like the consummate Latin lover — he even played a Hispanic heartthrob in Jennifer Lopez's 2004 romantic comedy Shall We Dance?, for which he also served as the cast's dance instructor — Dovolani was born in Albania. By age 3, he was proficient in folk dancing and, after immigrating to the U.S. with his family as a teen, he was studying at a Connecticut Fred Astaire dance studio when he realized his calling. Although he was a big name on the competitive-dance circuit for years, he made a mainstream splash when he joined Dancing with the Stars in its second season. Paired with stunning wrestling sexpot Stacy Keibler, the couple placed third in the finals, and he earned an Emmy nod for best choreography.
- Johnny Crawford
He comes from a family of professional musicians and was performing from the time he could walk. In 1955 his singing impersonation of Johnnie Ray led to a contract with Disney, where he became one of the original Mouseketeers. As an actor, Johnny Crawford has appeared in over 200 television productions, 15 movies, and 13 plays. He received an Emmy Nomination at the age of 13 for his role as Mark McCain in the very successful series, The Rifleman. Signed by Del-Fi Records in 1961, Johnny had five top 40 hits in the 1960s: Cindy's Birthday, Rumors, Your Nose Is Gonna Grow, Proud, and Patti Ann. Three of his Del-Fi albums are now available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
- Brent Spiner
We all know him as Commander Data on TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994). Or perhaps you remember Brent from Independence Day as the rather eccentric Dr. Okun. But Brent tells us that when he is old and in a rocking chair he will always be proud of the fact that he was in a movie with two of Hollywood's funniest duo, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon, in the 1997 release Out to Sea. Brent is not only an accomplished actor but also a singer. He recently released a CD in which he sings a number of standards like Some Enchanted Evening, Stranger in Paradise, You Were Meant for Me and many more. If you'd like to contact Brent or get a copy of his CD, please visit his websites listed below.
Brent's MySpace Page
- William Shatner
The Canadian-born Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-years-plus in front of the camera, most notably as the square-jawed captain of the Enterprise, James T. Kirk on television's Star Trek. But let us not forget the plethora of other roles he's had over the years. Roles like Captain Harrison Byers in Judgment at Nuremberg, T.J. Hooker, Jeff Cable in Barbary Coast and popping twice in Columbo as the murderer. Bill has 3 daughters, Leslie Carol, Lisabeth Shatner and Melanie Shatner. He and his wife live in Southern California and also own a 360 acre horse farm in Kentucky.
- Dolph Lundgren
Before he began his acting career, the Swedish born Dolph Lundgren attended the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and later received a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. While attending MIT, Dolph met drama coach Warren Robertson and decided to try his luck as an actor in action movies. The 6'5" Swede has a second-degree black belt in karate and is aiming for his third-degree black belt. With pictures like Masters of the Universe, The Punisher, and Rocky IV under his (karate) belt, Lundgren's production company, Thor Pictures, is developing several projects in which he will produce, star and/or direct. He is also a founding member of Group of Eight, a New York theater group started in 1994.
- Catherine Hicks
Many of our first recollections of Catherine would have to be from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. However, before that movie, Cathy appeared in the soap opera Ryan's Hope (1976-1978). Also, in the late 1980's she portrayed the mother of child Andy Barclay on the horror film Child's Play; on which she met her husband Kevin Yagher who actually created the Chucky doll. The most recent work Cathy has done is 7th Heaven, co-starring alongside Stephen Collins. Right now, she is concentrating on being a stay-at-home mom to her 16 year old daughter, Catie.
- Ed Begley Jr
Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley, Jr. became an actor. He first came to audiences’ attention for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series, St. Elsewhere, for which he received six Emmy nominations. Since then Begley has moved easily between feature, television and theatre projects. On television, Begley just completed a new pilot called True, starring Anne Heche on the WB Network. He can also be seen in recurring roles on Jack & Bobby, Six Feet Under and 7th Heaven. Regarding his stance on the environment, many people have seen Ed turn up at Hollywood events on his bicycle. Ed has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years and has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
- Don LaFontaine
This is the man who has been called The King of the Voice overs. Since most of his work is behind the camera, or rather behind the microphone, some people may not recognize the name but Don LaFontaine has been in the voice over business for over 40 years and has more than 4,000 films to his credit. You've heard this booming voice in many coming attractions from motion pictures like Terminator 2, Daddy Daycare, and Cheaper by the Dozen. You can hear Don on many TV networks like CBS, Fox, TBS, and TNT (among others). Sadly, Don passed away September 1 at the age of 68 due to complications to an ongoing illness and collapsed lung; he will be greatly missed.
- Barbara Bain
During her 50-year career in Hollywood, Barbara Bain is the only actress to receive an Emmy Award three years in a row for her role in Mission: Impossible as Cinnamon Carter. Barbara has also appeared on TV shows like Ben Casey, Wagon Train, Space 1999, Murder She Wrote, among many others. She also may well be the only actress to appear on an original series and its later version; speaking of course about Mike Hammer starring Darren McGavin and The New Mike Hammer starring Stacy Keach.
- Nancy Stafford
As an actress for 25 years, Nancy has starred in numerous movies and TV series, including five years as Andy Griffith's law partner, Michelle, on Matlock, and three years on the Emmy-award winning St Elsewhere. She starred in the ABC series Sidekicks, and began her television acting career as a regular in a dual role on the NBC daytime drama The Doctors. For ten years Nancy hosted TV's Main Floor, the network-syndicated fashion, beauty, and lifestyle magazine series airing in over 40 countries around the world. Not only is she an accomplished actress but also is an acclaimed writer. Nancy has written such books as Beauty by the Book: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You and The Wonder of His Love: A Journey into the Heart of God. We applaud Nancy on her stand for God and invite you to visit her website listed below.
- Stephen Cannell
Stephen J. Cannell is the bestselling author of twelve novels, including the critically acclaimed Shane Scully series, which includes Cold Hit, Vertical Coffin, and the latest installment, White Sister. An Emmy award-winning writer/producer and Chairman of Cannell Studios, Stephen overcame severe dyslexia to become one of television's most prolific writers. In a highly successful career that spans three decades, he has created or co-created more than 40 shows, of which he has scripted more than 450 episodes and produced or executive produced more than 1,500 episodes. His hits include The Rockford Files, Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Hunter, Riptide, 21 Jump Street, The Commish, and Renegade.
- Marla Gibbs
Before she started her acting career, Marla worked for United Airlines and even after she landed the part of Florence on 1975's The Jeffersons, the continued working for that airline; she didn't quit until the show became a hit. In 1985, she began the role of Mary Jenkins on ABC's 227. After leaving that show and TV altogether in 1990, Marla operated the Vision Theater Complex until 1997 when it closed and Marla's Memory Lane jazz supper club, both were in Los Angeles. Marla is one of the very few actors to play the same regular character on two different series simultaneously--Florence Johnston on The Jeffersons and Checking In (1981).
- Tim Conway
Tim Conway is best known for his role on The Carol Burnett Show, an 11-year stint that garnered him five Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, major accolades from critics, and three generations of fans. Conway's often-improvised humor, razor-sharp timing and hilarious characters have made him one of the funniest and most authentic performers to grace the stage and studio in the last forty years. In 1989, Conway received his much deserved star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Conway's other television credits include Rango, Ace Crawford Private Eye, Tim Conway's Funny America, three self-titled variety shows, and one sitcom. All told, Conway's extensive television career has spanned nearly four decades. Please make sure you visit Tim's website and take advantage of the offer for his new DVD with Harvey Korman Together Again.
- Ed Ames
Born Edmond Urick, Ed Ames and his three brothers (Vic, Gene, and Joe) formed the Ames Brothers quartet in 1947 in Boston and later appeared at the Roxy Theater in NYC. Ed is still best known to audiences for his television role as Mingo on the Daniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider on NBC. Ed also appeared on Broadway in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Crucible. And viewers never will forget the time that Ed landed that famous tomahawk throw on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1965, which prompted the longest audience laugh in television history.
- John Rhys-Davies
Acclaimed Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies graduated from the University of East Anglia and is probably best known to film audiences for his roles in the blockbuster hits Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). John Rhys-Davies spent up to 5 hours a day putting on makeup for the role of Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was discovered early on that he was allergic to the prosthetics, so he could only put them on and work about every third day. The first week, it burned off the skin under his eyes. Ironically, he is actually taller than The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) co-stars Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen, yet he plays the Dwarf.
- Michael Papajohn
After growing up in a city outside of Birmingham, Alabama, called Vestavia Hills, Michael attended college at Louisiana State University. While there he played baseball for the LSU Tigers and helped bring them to their first College World Series appearance in 1986. He got his start in acting while he was a student at LSU; he was hired to be a stunt performer in the film Everybody's All-American starring Dennis Quaid. From there he moved on to being a stunt performer in films such as Money Talks, Starship Troopers, and Charlie's Angels and garnered an acting role in Spider-Man, in which he plays the thief that was thought to have killed Uncle Ben.
- Stanley Livingston
Stanley was the original youngest son, Chip, on My Three Sons, co-starring alongside Bill Frawley and Fred MacMurrary. Soon after the demise of that program, Stanley discovered he had a great interest in being behind the camera instead of in front of it so that's where his career has taken him. These days Stanley is concentrating on helping up and coming actors and actresses get their start in show business. He's doing this through a campaign called The Actors Journey. He has produced a DVD for only children and one directed towards adults. If you want to know how to break into Hollywood or know someone who does, Dee highly recommends visiting their site and getting this DVD; it will help tremendously.
- Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson was named one of the top ten American magicians of the 20th Century, along with Houdini, Thurston, David Copperfield, Doug Henning and Siegfried & Roy by Magic Magazine (largest selling independent magazine for magicians). He produced and starred in network television's first weekly magic series, Magic Land of Allakazam, which aired for two years on CBS and three years on ABC networks. Mark also starred in six Magic Circus specials, the Magic of Mark Wilson syndicated series, four HBO Magic Specials, and numerous international television specials in countries around the world. To find out more about this great magician, we suggest you visit his site and drop him a line.
- James Hampton
James Hampton is an actor who has one of those faces that everyone remembers. Most of us know him from one or both of his two big roles; either F-Troop (Trooper Dobbs) or Teen Wolf/Teen Wolf Too (Harold Howard). If you've ever seen Jim act, what you see is what you get. He is just as genial and gentle a guy as you see on the silver screen. He's acted in everything from Death Valley Days to the original The Longest Yard (starring alongside Burt Reynolds) to Days of Our Lives. A native of Dallas, Texas, Jim studied acting with Michael Howard in New York and Leonard Nimoy in Los Angeles. He performed off-Broadway in Easy Does It with Tom Poston and Elizabeth Allen, and toured with Burt Reynolds in Rainmaker. If you'd like to correspond with Jim personally, please make sure you visit his MySpace page, linked here.
- Stephen Tobolowsky
Veteran character actor of over 30 years, Stephen Tobolowsky. Steve talked with Dee about his role in movies such as Space Balls and Mississippi Burning and the story behind why he declined the role of Al on TV's Home Improvement. Currently, he can be seen on NBC's weekly series Heroes in the role of Bob. Also, if you'd like to order Stephen's movie that he produced and put together himself, Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party, please visit his website.
- Tim Considine
Tim Considine began his acting career in 1953 at the age of 13 in a movie called The Clown. But his big break came in 1955 when he began the role of Spin Evans on The Adventures of Spin and Marty, co-starring with David Stollery. Later, Tim moved on to programs like The Hardy Boys serials on the Mickey Mouse Club, Zane Grey Theater, Swamp Fox, and was the soldier General Patton slapped in Patton from 1970. These days, Tim's passion and love is sports photography and auto-racing.
- Kevin Corcoran
Many of us remember Kevin by his well-known nickname "Moochie." Kevin played Tommy Kirk's brother in five different films: Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, Bon Voyage! and Savage Sam. After graduating from California State University, Northridge, Kevin began a new career not in front of the camera but rather behind it as an assistant director and producer. He has also served as first assistant director on several non-Disney television series, including Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Quantum Leap, Profiler and Karen Sisco; and produced a number of projects.
- Bob Goodrich
14-time Emmy Award winning Bob Goodrich started his career at ABC on a part-time basis, performing various duties on different sports telecasts before joining ABC Sports full-time as a production assistant, in 1971, quickly becoming an associate producer in 1973 and elevating to producer in 1976. From 1980-86, Goodrich served as producer of ABC’s NFL’s Monday Night Football. During this period, Goodrich served as the producer for the network’s first-ever coverage of the Super Bowl (XIX) in January of 1985. Currently, Bob and his wife Annie are founding a seminar for anyone who believes they have the ability to be the next top sports broadcaster. Visit the following link to find out more about this seminar.
- David Huddleston
Folks here's the man who did arguably the best performance of Santa Claus that has ever been put to celluloid. David Huddleston thrilled many children in his 1985 role as the Jolly Old Fat Man in Santa Claus the Movie. But let us not forget him in Mel Brooks' western comedy Blazing Saddles in which he played Olson Johnson. Also as Granpa Arnold in The Wonder Years with Fred Savage. And lastly, the 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski. One of David's personal quotes is, "Even when I play heavies I try to play them with a twinkle in my eye. Besides, it makes him seem much meaner when he does kill."
- Barry Livingston
Barry got one of his big breaks in television by playing the adopted brother of his real life brother, Stanley, on My Three Sons (starring Fred MacMurray). Shortly before that, however, he appeared on several episodes of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. He has since moved on to things like Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Sliders, and Doogie Howser, M.D. (among other things).
- Peter Cullen
Peter Cullen for three years, one animated motion picture and now a live action portrayed the ultimate good guy leader, Optimus Prime. It has been said that children from the 1950's had Gene Autry and children of the 80's had Optimus Prime. No one else could deliver the line, "Autobots, transform and roll out!" like Peter Cullen could. Pete has not only voiced many characters in The Transformers but also for programs like Chip 'n Dale's Rescue Rangers (as Monterey Jack), Ducktales, and Winnie the Pooh (as Eeyore). Also a little known fact, Peter was the inhuman voice of the Predator in the Predator films and his son, Clay Cullen, is a very talented and successful stuntman in Hollywood.
- Larry Storch
Long before co-starring in the wildly comical television western F-Troop, Larry was a seaman in WWII in which he received his first big break, which was in radio, when he was asked to sub for an ailing Frank Morgan in The Kraft Music Theater. Larry also was fortunate enough to have acted in Vaudeville in the 1930's. In 1949 Larry got a job as a summer hosting replacement on the TV variety program Cavalcade of Stars which eventually led to him to being handed his own variety series in 1953, The Larry Storch Show. In WWII Larry actually served aboard the same submarine as Tony Curtis; they became lifelong friends.
- Joan van Ark
Joan Van Ark, just out of high school, was the second youngest student to attend the Yale School of Drama on a scholarship. Joan began her professional career at the Minneapolis Guthrie Theater in Moliere's "The Miser," opposite Hume Cronyn and Zoe Caldwell. She is perhaps best known for her role as Valene Ewing beginning on Dallas and then on the spin-off series, Knots Landing. During the 13 seasons as Val, she earned six nominations and two Soap Opera Digest Awards for Best Actress. To this day, Joan is married to her high school sweetheart, John Marshall, an award winning TV newsman.
- George Wallace
Long before the African-American comedian George Wallace was even a glimmer in his mother's eye, this George Wallace was on the silver screen starring in Radar Men from the Moon as every child's hero Commando Cody. Not only did George star in science fiction of the 50's but he also rode a horse in many Hopalong Cassidy television episodes. He later moved on to The Adventures of Kit Carson, Death Valley Days, and even Surfside 6. George continued acting in television and movies until his untimely death in 2005, due to complications he suffered from a fall while vacationing in Italy. George will sorely be missed.
- Alexandra Paul
Internationally recognized for her 5-year starring role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the hit series Baywatch, Alexandra Paul began her acting career at age 18 starring in the highly rated telefilm Paper Dolls. She then starred in the Warner Bros. motion picture American Flyers opposite Kevin Costner, the horror film Christine in 1983 and Dragnet (1987) opposite Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd. But acting isn't Alex's only interest. She is a dedicated and accomplished athlete and in 1997, spent nine months training for the World Ironman Triathlon Championships in Hawaii.
- Dick van Patten
Dick made his acting debut at the age of seven when he appeared in the Broadway production of Tapestry in Gray. Ultimately he would also perform in movies (many of which Mel Brooks directed), on the radio, and, of course, on television. Although he first appeared on TV at the age of 17 in the sitcom I Remember Mama, today's audiences remember him best as dad Tom Bradford of the hit TV show Eight is Enough, which ran from 1977 to 1981. Sadly, when that program was taken off the air, Dick quoted, "Nobody called me to tell me it was canceled. I read it in the paper."
- Jackie Joseph
Some of you may not remember the name but you will most definitely remember the characters that Jackie Joseph has portrayed over the years. Characters such as Romeena on The Andy Griffith Show, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Annie Jo on The Cheyenne Social Club with Jimmy Stewart. She's also been in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Dick van Dyke Show, and Police Academy 2 & 4. Jackie has two adopted children with one-time husband Ken Berry and is the co-founder and president of the Ladies Club (also called the Hollywood Dumpettes), a support and recovery group for divorced wives of stars, often after many years of marriage.
- Dick Jones
Here's one of the most famous stuntmen from the early days of western television series. Dick Jones has starred alongside actors like Jock Mahoney of The Range Rider and Gene Autry. Dick also had a very successful series of his own that many of you remember--Buffalo Bill Jr. Dick let us in on many of the secrets of being a stuntman and also the stories he has to tell about his experiences with Jock Mahoney. If you'd like to know more information on Dick, please visit the following website. It's chock full of great information on the veteran cowboy and stuntman.
- Geoffrey Lewis
Because he became such great friends with Clint Eastwood, many of us remember Geoffrey in such movies as High Plains Drifter, Every Which Way But Loose, and Bronco Billy. He also starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in Double Impact of 1991. He has since moved on to projects like Dawson's Creek and Maverick starring Mel Gibson. Aside from this movie career, Geoffrey has a full time job as father of 10 children. In 2006, Geoff won Best Actor at the California Independent Film Festival Slate Awards for his role in Old Man Music.
- Johnny Weissmuller Jr
Since we can't speak with the most famous tarzan of the silver screen, we have the next best thing...his son, Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. Several years ago we had the great opportunity to speak with John Jr. and share in many of the stories he had to tell about that vine-swinging father of his. To learn more about John Sr. however, we do suggest you get a copy of Jr.'s book Tarzan: My Father, which is available at your local book store or Amazon.com.
- Joe Morton
Joe Morton has been kicking around Hollywood since 1970 when he got his first role on the series Mission: Impossible, 1970. He later moved on to roles in programs like M*A*S*H, Sanford and Son, Another World, and The Equalizer. Many of us will remember him as Miles Dyson of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Lt. Herb 'Mac' McMahon of Speed and Speed 2. Joe was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37 and was nominated for Broadway's 1974 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Raisin." And in 1984 he won the Caixa de Catalunya for his role in The Brother from Another Planet.
- Alex Kendrick
Hopefully many of you have seen the very powerful movie, Facing the Giants. It's a movie about the transforming power of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, and how it relates to young people in high school; Alex Kendrick wrote and starred in that movie. He was joined by his fellow parishioners from Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. However, Alex's first movie was Flywheel from 2003. For that movie, Alex won the Best Screenplay, Best Production, and Parable Award from the Sabaoth Film Festival in 2004. If you'd like a copy of Flywheel, you can find it on Amazon and for Facing the Giants, we recommend you visit their website.
- Karolyn Grimes
At the tender age of four, Karolyn Grimes began memorizing lines and acting in the fantasy world of cinema. She worked with film legends John Wayne, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Loretta Young, Fred MacMurray, Betty Grable, Danny Kaye and, of course, Jimmy Stewart. She already had appeared in four films when the part of Zuzu in It's a Wonderful Life came along. She has appeared in such great American films as Blue Skies, Sweet and Low and The Bishop's Wife. With the rebirth of interest in It's a Wonderful Life, Karolyn moved to the Seattle area from Missouri and currently serves as the unofficial ambassador for the film, traveling the world and speaking at screenings, benefits, conventions and other venues.
- Richard Herd
Another one of Hollywood's great character actors is Richard Herd. To his credit, he has over 120 appearances on various television programs and movies. He has appeared in everything from Hercules in New York with Arnold to Star Trek:Voyager up the Desperate Housewives. But of all his performances, Richard says his favorite was as Captain Galaxy on an episode of Quantum Leap entitled Future Boy. Richard is the third National Vice President of the Screen Actors' Guild. He is often mistaken for Karl Malden. Check out Rick's website to contact him and find about his alter egos as a poet, singer, and painter.
- John Wesley Shipp
John Wesley Shipp got his big start on television by appearing in soap operas like All My Children (1970), The Guiding Light (1980-1984) and One Life to Live (1989). Right after he left that program, John began his role as Barry Allen in the much beloved superhero series The Flash. John also had a recurring role on NYPD Blue as Officer Roy Larson. From 1998-2001, he played the role of Mitch Leary, father of Dawson Leary on the teenage drama Dawson's Creek, starring James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes. John won two consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a Daytime Drama for his work on As the World Turns and Santa Barbara.
- Ken Berry
We all remember Ken as Capt. Wilton Parmenter from 1965-1967 on that hilarious program set in the midst of the hostilities with the American Indians, F-Troop. Ken starred in that along with Forest Tucker and Larry Storch. This, however, was not Ken's only experience on a famously funny television program. He later became a recurring skit performer on The Carol Burnett Show, which later led him to star in Mama's Family with Vicki Lawrence in 1983. Ken also starred in Mayberry RFD in 1968, as Sam Jones. When he was 13 he attended a carnival at his grade school; the dancers impressed him so much that he decided that's what he wanted to do with his life. His parents were supportive, and his dad even booked Ken into variety type shows.
- George Lazenby
A little known fact, George Lazenby is a native Australian. He later moved to England in 1964, after serving a stint in the Australian Army. Before he became an actor, George has had careers as an auto mechanic, a prestige car salesman, and a model in London (and was the highest paid model at that time). In 1968, Lazenby was cast as James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, despite his only previous acting experience being in commercials, and his only film appearance being a bit-part in a 1965 Italian-made Bond spoof. Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene, the strength of his interviews, fight skills, and audition footage. Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli, remarked that Lazenby could have been the best Bond had he not quit after just one film.
- Elinor Donahue
For six years, Elinor Donahue was everyone's favorite older sister, Betty, in Father Knows Best, starring alongside Robert Young and Jane Wyatt. Also, in 1948, Elinor starred in Three Daring Daughters with Jeanette MacDonald. Later she moved on to the role of Elly the druggist in the early years of The Andy Griffith Show. Elinor began tap dancing at the age of 16 months and has been entertaining audiences for six decades. Though she may not have become the next Liz Taylor, Elinor has certainly been a steady, reliable player who has never let her fans down with her obvious warmth and pleasing disposition.
- Jimmy Dean
Many of us remember Jimmy Dean as Willard White from the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever. Not only has Jimmy appeared on many variety shows like Steve Allen and The Dinah Shore Chevy Show but he's also hosted his own program aptly named The Jimmy Dean Show, 1963. But Jimmy is one of those folks who has not only established himself in the acting arena, but also as an entrepreneur and singer, with his widely known hit Big Bad John. That song was actually turned into a movie in 1990 which starred Jimmy, Ned Beatty, and Jack Elam. As far as him being an entrepreneur, just take a look at the packaged meats section of your local grocery store.
- Bill Berle
Several years ago Dee had a chance to catch up with William "Bill" Berle, the son of "Mr. Monday Night," Milton Berle. Bill had many, shall we say, very interesting behind-the-scenes stories of his famous comedian father. He also spoke about his book he had just finished writing entitled My Father, Uncle Milty. We're sure you'll get a kick out of this interview and hearing about the background of the great Milton Berle. And if you'd like to get a copy of My Father, Uncle Milty, you can find it at any Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com.
- Dabbs Greer
Here is the "Everyman Actor," Dabbs Greer. You should remember Dabbs in the very first episode of The Adventures of Superman and more recently as the older Paul Edgecomb in The Green Mile. It was a great treat to have Dabbs here on Radio Video Active and hope you enjoy it as much as Dee did.
- Jack La Lanne
Jack La Lanne turns 93 on September 26, 2007, and that is hard to believe. He doesn't look it! Some people feel Jack has found the Fountain of Youth. Jack La Lanne is America's Number 1 Physical Fitness Expert and Guru, and is often called the "Godfather of Fitness". Ever the innovator, in the 1950's, Jack used television to reach out to millions of Americans everywhere with his gospel message of get out of your chair, work out and feel better. He believes in daily, vigorous, systematic exercise and proper diet. "My top priority in life is my workout each day." Jack lives by what he says to others, and he has been doing it for over 75 years. Visit Jack's website and find out more about the man, his wife and author Elaine, and the products he offers for a better, healthier life.
- Alan Thicke
Star of the 80's family comedy, Growing Pains, here's Alan Thicke. Since Growing Pains, Alan has been busy with other projects like 7th Heaven, Yes Dear, and The Bold and the Beautiful. Most recently however, Alan has been concentrating on his newly published book How to Raise Kids Who Won't Hate You. If you would like to find out more about Alan, his career and his new book, please make sure you visit his website.
- Herb Jeffries
In the mold of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, Herb Jeffries was a Hollywood created, silver screen, singing cowboy hero. He starred in five films in the late 1930's, but was a different type of cowpoke. He was "The Bronze Buckaroo." Herb has always been a cowboy at heart, even as a child. He learned to ride horses on his grandfather's dairy farm in northern Michigan and spent many afternoons in Detroit movie houses watching screen cowboys Buck Jones and Tom Mix. Thanks to people like Herb Jeffries, motion pictures with all-Black casts were born; i.e. Harlem on the Prairie. In 1939, Jeffries hung up his spurs to sing and tour with Duke Ellington's Orchestra. He later served in WWII and then went on to live for a decade in France, where he ran a Jazz supper club. Find out more about Herb by visiting his website!
- Tony Dow
Everyone remembers Tony Dow as television's best older brother, obviously on Leave it to Beaver. But he has not only been on that program, he's also appeared on Dr. Kildare, My Three Sons, Mr. Novak, and more recently Diagnosis Murder with Dick van Dyke. A little known fact is that Tony's mother, Muriel Montrose, was a stuntwoman in early westerns and was a Mack Sennett bathing beauty. In 1965, Tony joined the National Guard and was also a junior Olympic diving champion. Lately, Tony has been concentrating on directing and producing.
- Ken Norton
News flash! In 1973, Ken Norton made boxing history when he met Muhammad Ali for the North American Boxing federation Title Belt, breaking Ali's jaw and winning the bout. Ken Norton is the second man to ever beat Muhammad Ali. Norton's professional ring career began in 1967 at the age of 23 and six years later got his shot at the title against Ali in 1973. Many boxing experts even today call it one of the most memorable fights of all time. Not only has Kenny one of the most feared boxers of all time, he's also had a long career in television and motion pictures; appearing in things like Dirty Work, The A-Team, and The Tonight's Show with Johnny Carson. Currently, he's ironing out the details of his screen play Shooting Ken Norton.
- Shecky Greene
Here's the man who has done everything from stand-up comedy to The Whirlybirds to the dramatic war-time TV series Combat!. Shecky is one funny guy who even in this interview will you have falling out laughing. you should also remember him in Mel Brooks' History of the World Pt. I and Splash (1984) with Tom Hanks and John Candy. Regarding his comedy career, Shecky is considered by his peers to be the consummate nightclub performer. As a headliner in Las Vegas for more than 30 years he has been seen by millions of people. He does not have a repetitious act, but each performance is tailored to his audience.
- Linda Dotson Wooley
Linda Dotson-Wooley is the widow of the famous western actor and singer Sheb Wooley. Sheb passed away in 2003, but we were lucky enough to spend some time with his wife, Linda, shortly thereafter. Sheb Wooley, AKA Ben Colder in his singing days, starred in one of television's biggest hit westerns Rawhide. Regarding his singing career, he was the winner of the Country Music Association's Comedian Of The Year Award in 1968. In 1969 Sheb was also one of the original members of the cast of Hee-Haw the long running country comedy series, for which, he also wrote the theme song that is still used today. We highly recommend you visit his website to learn more about Sheb and Ben Colder and to drop Linda a line to say hello.
- Lou Rawls
Lou's voice is as distinctive and instantly recognizable as any in music; he is often referred to as "The man with the velvet voice." His 52 years in entertainment as a recording artist, included an astonishing 60-plus albums, three Grammy wins, 13 Grammy nominations, one platinum album, five gold albums and a gold single and a Star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame. In 1955, Lou joined the Army in the 82nd Airborne Division, The All Americans. Lou had a long career in Hollywood, guest appearing in many programs like 77 Sunset Strip, The Big Valley, Mannix, and The Fall Guy. Lou Rawls epitomized the spirit of the American dream; growing up in Chicago, he later became a great singer, served this great country of ours, and enjoyed a long career in Hollywood. Sadly, Lou passed away January 6 of 2006.
- Efrem Zimbalist Jr
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. is the man we all remember as the ultimate private detective Stu Bailey on 77 Sunset Strip. He starred in that from 1958 to 1964 along with Edd Byrnes and Richard Long. but long before that role, he brought to life the recurring character of Dandy Jim Buckley in Maverick, starring James Garner. After 77 Sunset Strip went off the air, Efrem starred in a new series from 1965 to 1974 (nearly 240 episodes) called The F.B.I. And if you just couldn't quite place the face of the bad guy (Wilson) in Hot Shots!, starring Charlie Sheen) that was Efrem. He is the father of actress Stephanie Zimbalist and son of the famous violinist Efrem Zimbalist Sr. and Alma Gluck.
- James Cromwell
Beginning his long-running and great career as "Stretch" Cunningham on All in the Family, James has more than established himself in Hollywood cinema. Doing everything from The Rockford Files in 1974 to Knight Rider to portraying Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact. And speaking of that, he is the only actor ever to utter the words "Star Trek" on Star Trek itself. At 6'7", he is the tallest Oscar-nominated actor of all time. He garnered some of the best reviews of his career (many of which said he should have received an Oscar) for his role as a corrupt police captain in L.A. Confidential, 1997.
- Joan Howard
Here to speak about her father, Moe Howard, Joan Howard joined Dee several years ago. She has some marvelous insights into her father, his career, and The Three Stooges, which there were actually in total six of them. In 1922, Moe Howard joined Ted Healy forming the act that later became The Three Stooges. Moe eventually appeared in more than 250 films during his career, spanning 66 years including 190 Stooge shorts. Joan has written many books over the years regarding her father and the Stooges including The Three Stooges Scrapbook. To learn more about The Stooges than you ever thought you'd know and to purchase many of their films and shorts, visit their official website.
- Hugh O'Brian
Most memorably one of Hugh's claim to fame was his portrayal of the "larger than life" role of Marshall Wyatt Earp in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. But before becoming a Hollywood star, he served the U.S. in the Marine Corps; in which, Hugh was the youngest person to be a drill instructor at the age of 17. Hugh, later in his life, became good friends with Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer who was Hugh's inspiration to form HOBY, The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Program. If you'd like to learn more about HOBY or how you can become involved, please visit their website.
- Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence got her big and famous break right after high school when she was asked to appear with Carol Burnett on The Carol Burnett Show because of her striking resemblance to Carol and obviously also due to her comedic ability. While on that program, she debuted her most famous character of all time, Mama; which later became her own series, Mama's Family. Not only does she having acting ability but also a marvelous singing voice. In 1973, Vicki received a gold record as a recording artist for he international hit single The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. More recently you can catch Vicki in syndication on the hit TV series Yes, Dear.
- Peter Funt
Peter Funt is the man who picked up the mantle of host for Candid Camera in 1987. Sadly, Allen Funt passed away in 1999 after Candid Camera had been on the air for over 60 years. In this interview we learn much about the man and how he pulled off many of those amazingly funny practical jokes on his unsuspecting victims. Peter has also produced and hosted TV specials on the Arts & Entertainment and Lifetime cable networks. He also spent five years as an editor and reporter with ABC News in New York.
- Lindsay Wagner
Here's the woman who for 20 years was stronger, faster, better. Lindsay tells us in this interview that she got started with The Bionic Woman (1976) because her little sister was constantly bugging her to do the show because it would be cool to have a sister on a TV show. She went on to win an Emmy Award for The Bionic Woman, and her talent, beauty and popularity enabled her to parlay that show into a career as the "queen" of made-for-TV movies and miniseries, starring in 30 of them. In 1995, Lindsay's name was mentioned many times to assume the role of Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager before Kate Mulgrew eventually accepted the part.
- Van Williams
Beginning a long-running career in television, Van got a big break when he debuted the role of Ken Madison in Bourbon Street Beat then moved on to Surfside 6 with that role from 1960-1962. Also along the way, guest starring in 77 Sunset Strip and Hawaiian Eye. In 1966, Van starred in The Green Hornet alongside Bruce Lee as Britt Reid's faithful sidekick, Kato. He spent several months a year in Southern California as a reserve deputy with the Malibu station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. His neighbor in Ketchum, Idaho, is Adam West, star of the Batman TV series from 1966.
- June Lockhart
Born in New York City in 1925, the daughter of actors Gene and Kathleen Lockhart, June made her professional debut at age eight in a Metropolitan Opera production of Peter Ibbetson. Later when June had her first acting performance on Broadway, she was given a standing ovation and was compared to actresses Helen Hayes and Margaret Sullavan. In her nearly 70 years of acting, June has been awarded a Tony, the Donaldson Award, the Theater World Award and the Associated Press citation. Fascinated with space studies, the Lost in Space (1965) co-star spends a lot of time at NASA making appearances at dinners and conventions with astronauts and their wives.
- Fess Parker
Fess Parker is probably the one person who can still wear a coon-skin cap and still get away with it; probably because he started the craze with his role as Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. What got him that big break was his small role as Alan Crotty in the 1954 sci-fi film Them! which starred James Arness and Edmund Gwenn. Later in 1966, he began a very similar role in another Walt Disney production, Daniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider. Fess is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and today operates The Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard. At his site, you can find out more about how he's doing and even contact Fess himself.
- Jane Russell
Here is one of the most gorgeous women to ever work the silver screen. Jane Russell has worked with so many actors and actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood, not the least of which were Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, Walter Huston and millionaire/director Howard Hughes. Some folks think her birth name is Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell but she quickly dispels that belief at the beginning of this interview. Jane's physical endowments are the namesake for 'The Jane Russell Peaks' in Alaska. A born-again Christian decades before the term was coined, she held weekly Bible study at her home which was attended by some of the industry's biggest names.
- Diane McBain
Diane McBain got started as a "sweet 16" model in print and commercial ads. One break she got was in 1959 when she appeared on television's Maverick starring James Garner. Later moved on to Sugarfoot and Lawman. She also appeared on many episodes of 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, and Surfside 6 alongside Van Williams and beef-cake film star Troy Donahue. Diane was accosted by two men in West Hollywood in 1982 that led to her courageously donating a large portion of her time as a rape victim counselor.
- Ty Hardin
Ty got his start in the film industry in 1958 when he played a sentry in a very little known sci-fi picture called The Space Children. He later went on to the role he is most known for which of course was Bronco Layne. He not only had that show from 1958-1962 but also made appearances on Maverick, Cheyenne, and Sugarfoot as the Bronco character. Later, he made appearances in Battle of the Bulge and Riptide. Though born in New York City, Ty was raised in Texas and served in the military during the Korean War. "Ty" came from "Typhoon" - a childhood nickname.
- Noel Neill
Noel Neill is is arguably probably the best woman who ever played Lois Lane on any version of Superman. She got her start in that role in the Superman chapter serial, 1948, and then again in 1950 Atom Man vs. Superman, both starring Kirk Alyn. More recently, you probably recognized Noel as Gertrude Vanderworth at the beginning of Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh. Ironically, Noel wanted to be a journalist like her father who was the editor of a Minneapolis newspaper. Bing Crosby ended up hiring her to sing at the Turf Club at the race track in Del Mar, California. In 1941, she was hired by Paramount and the rest is history.
- Chris Costello
Chris Costello is the daughter of inarguably one of the funniest men who ever acted on the silver screen, Lou Costello. The famous duo, Abbott and Costello, are the only two people to be featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have nothing to do with baseball. They mastered the straight man/clown relationship, creating a magical chemistry that would take them from the burlesque stage to radio, to Broadway, to film and finally, to television. Please visit their website to find out more about the greatest comedy duo and their merchandise.
- Fannie Flagg
Straight from her new book, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, here's author and actress Fannie Flagg, a.k.a. Patricia Neal. You'll probably recall Fannie as the author of many people's favorite book, Fried Green Tomatoes. In addition to her writing career, Fannie has quite a movie and television resume'; such as Crazy in Alabama, Harper Valley PTA, and The Match Game. If you'd like to get a copy of her new book, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, be sure to check out Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
- Frankie Avalon
Many of you will remember that along with Bobby Rydell and Fabian Forte', Frankie was a member of an elite club known as The Golden Boys. One of Frankie's big breaks was when he appeared on Dick Clark's Bandstand in 1952; sales for his record De De Dinah shot through the roof and eventually sold more than a million copies. One of his most notable roles on screen was his part he played with John Wayne in The Alamo, 1960. Frankie then of course moved on to make seven beach party movies with long-time friend Annette Funicello.
- Fabian Forte'
How did Fabian get his start? As Fabian tells in this interview, he was sitting on his porch plucking at his guitar after his father had a heart attack, a guy heard him singing and offered him a job at his record label--Fabian took the job because he needed the money for his family. But not only did Fabian have a very successful career as a singer but also as an actor. He starred alongside John Wayne in North to Alaska and also appeared in the epic World War II movie The Longest Day. Please visit Fabian's website to find out more about him and also to contact him.
- Jayne Meadows
The late Steve Allen's wife, Jayne Meadows (born Jayne Cotter), was born of two missionaries in Wu-ch'ang, China. Because she was born in China, Jayne did not learn English until the 1930's when she came to America. Aside from being the bride of one of the most famous entertainers and writers, Jayne has had her own very successful career in movies and television. Also, she received the Women's International Center Award in 1991. Jayne is a wonderfully personal lady and really enjoys hearing from her and Steve's fan base, so make sure you visit her website to email her.
- Steve Allen
Steve Allen is the man who originated the concept of The Tonight Show but at the time, in 1953, it was known as Tonight! Steve, before his death in October 2000, had written more than 50 books and 7,400 songs. He claimed that the melody of his biggest hit, This Could Be the Start of Something Big, came to him in a dream. This interview deals a lot with Steve's new book at the time called Dumbth which talks about how American society seems to be getting dumber and dumber. Be sure you visit Steve's website to find out more about his career in show business and also his writing career.
- Lee Meriwether
Lee Ann Meriwether, Miss America, 1955. Not only was Lee crowned Miss America, she was crowned the very first time that pageant was broadcast on television. In 1966, Lee went on to co-star in the Adam West movie Batman; and contrary to popular belief, she never played Catwoman in the TV series. And in Dee's opinion, she was the absolute best looking Catwoman that was ever portrayed. Lee went to high school with future singer Johnny Mathis and was a classmate of Bill Bixby, who later starred in the 1978 series The Incredible Hulk.
- Tommy Smothers
This is the man who takes you to a higher state of Yo! The Yo Yo Man himself, Tommy Smothers. We all remember Tommy and Dickie from their Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour which took on many incarnations between 1965 to 1988. Tom got in a bit of hot water when on one of their shows, Tom innocently said as a joke, "Easter is when Jesus comes out of his tomb, and if he sees his shadow he goes back in and we get six more weeks of winter." But Tom is one great guy and we ask that you visit their website and find out if their act is coming to your town.
- Peter Graves
Peter Graves, whose brother is the famous James Arness of television's Gunsmoke, got his start in mass communication as an announcer for WMIN in Minneapolis, MN, at the age of 16. Many people fondly remember Pete in programs like Whiplash, which was filmed in Australia, and of course Mission: Impossible. He was also the long-time host of Biography on A&E from 1994-2005. Peter nearly turned down the part of Captain Oveur in 1980's Airplane! because he thought thre script was the "worst piece of junk" he had ever seen.
- Robert Guillaume
Beginning his career in 1966 in a television show titled Porgy and Wien, Robert Guillaume has had a great career in TV, motion pictures, and theater. Everyone remembers Robert from the 1979 comedy Benson, which ran for 157 episodes. He has been in many on-stage performances including Michael Crawford (the Phantom) in The Phantom of the Opera. Don't forget his role in Soap as Benson DuBois, which is the character he spun into Benson. Robert was nominated for Broadway's 1977 Tony Award a Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of Guys and Dolls.
- Tammy Lauren
Tammy is a women who, on screen, can perform martial arts as good, if not better, than any other man. Tammy began her career at the age of eight as Melissa Turner in Who's Watching the Kids, 1978. After that, she moved on to programs like Fantasy Island, Mork & Mindy, and Quincy M.E. In 1997, she got a guest appearing roll alongside Chuck Norris in Walker, Texas Ranger and thanks to that, some producers caught sight of her and decided to cast her in the role of Detective Dana Dickson with Sammo Hung in a new CBS series called Martial Law. Tammy holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate.
- Mike Connors
This is the man who was born Krikor Ohanian but we know him best as Mike Connors, the star of Mannix, 1967-1975. But before Mannix, Mike did many guest appearance on programs like Tightrope, Perry Mason, Mike Hammer, and Bronco. Post-Mannix however, he has been keeping busy with shows like Burke's Law, Diagnosis Murder (in which he resurrected the character of Joe Mannix), and Walker, Texas Ranger. Mike is of Armenian heritage and because of that, he has been tapped to narrate several documentaries on the Armenian genocide.
- Robert Stack
Here's Robert Stack, the original straight shooter. In 1952, Robert made movie history when he starred in the first 3-D movie, Bwana Devil. Of course everyone remembers his breakout performance as Eliot Ness in the 1959 television show, The Untouchables, which ran for four season and 118 episodes. But Robert definitely wasn't limited to serious roles. Let us not forget him in the motion picture 1941 not to mention Airplane! In his latter years, we could all see him star as himself in Unsolved Mysteries. Sadly, Robert died in May of 2003 of a heart attack.
- Will Hutchins
He's no tenderfoot, he's Sugarfoot, actor Will Hutchins. Born Marshall Lowell Hutchason, Will got two of his big breaks when he appeared alongside Clint Walker in Cheyenne in 1955 and with James Garner in Maverick, 1957. In that same year he earned his own TV series, Sugarfoot, in which he played a correspondence-school law graduate traveling to seek his fortune. Currently, Will is hosting his own radio program. To find out more about that and to contact Will, make sure you visit his website.
- Brenda Lee
Here's Little Miss Dynamite herself, Brenda Lee! Brenda began her career at the ripe old age of 12. Before Billy Gilman, she was the youngest person to place a song on Billboard's country singles chart with One Step at a Time. Although she is best known as a country artist, she also had a number of pop hits including I'm Sorry. A few of her biggest country hits were Nobody Wins, Sunday Sunrise, and Four Poster Bed. She is probably most remember, however, for her Christmas hit Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree.
- Bobby Vinton
Many people remember Bobby Vinton as the man who brought us that hit song Blue Velvet. But Bobby's career extends much further than that great song. For example, remember There I've Said It Again? And don't forget My Melody of Love which was in fact inspired by his mother, Dorothy. If you didn't know, Bobby shares his home town of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, with the great singers Perry Como and Joey Powers. One of Bobby's big accomplishments was starring alongside John Wayne in Big Jake and also The Bobby Vinton Show.
- Clayton Moore
Along with his faithful horse, Silver, here's everyone's favorite masked rider of the plains, The Lone Ranger! Clayton Moore, before he passed away in 1999 of a heart attack, spent some time with Dee. Born Jack Carlton Moore, Clayton became an acrobat at the age of eight and appeared in the World's Fair of 1934. In 1949 he began playing a masked man but it wasn't The Lone Ranger. It was Zorro in The Ghost of Zorro. In 1990, he received the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
- Carol Serling
Since we can't speak with Rod here's the next best thing--his wife of over 25 years, Carol Serling. Carol shared many insights into the life, imagination and creativity of the man who brought us The Twilight Zone and The Night Gallery. Serling began writing in World War II while recuperating from injuries sustained in combat. Please visit the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation website and find out how you can donate your time or money and help lobby for a Rod Serling postage stamp.
- Paul Petersen
Here's the guy that many people reemember as Donna Reed's son, Jeff Stone, on The Donna Reed Show, 1958-1966. Paul also made quite a singing career for himself with hits like Keep Your Love, Lollipops and Roses, and My Dad. Not only has Paul had a great career as an actor and singer but he also served the United Nations as a delegate for the World Safety Organization. Right now, Paul heads up the growing advocacy group, A Minor Consideration, protecting young professionals. To catch up on Paul, his career, and to order a picture or two, visit his website.
- Gerard Christopher
Gerard Christopher was probably the best actor to ever portray the role of the teenage "son of Krypton" in 1988's Superboy. Gerard took over the role in 1989 when there was a dispute between the first Clark, John Newton, and the production company. Ironically, Gerard auditioned for the role of Superman in Lois and Clark but was scratched when the powers-that-be found out he had played Kal-El in Superboy. If you'd like to get in touch with Gerard, please visit his website and drop a line.
- Leslie Nielsen
One of the funniest men to ever grace the silver screen, the hilarious Leslie Nielsen. If you ever wanted to know how in the world Leslie got the part on Airplane! or what was going through his mind when he decided to do Police Squad, you'll definitely want to listen to this interview. But don't forget, before Leslie decided to be "the funny man," he was Lt. Price Adams on The New Breed.
- Yvonne Craig
Here's the original Batgirl herself, Yvonne Craig. Yvonne started on the Batman series, alongside Adam West and Burt Ward, in 1967. However, many people still remember Yvonne as the green-skinned dancer, Marta, that seduced Captain Kirk in the 1969 episode of Star Trek, Whom Gods Destroy. As a child she showed a lot of promise as a dancer until 1957 when she moved to Los Angeles and was cast in movies like Gidget and It Happened at the World's Fair, in which she performed with heart-throb Elvis Presley. Yvonne loves hearing from her fans so please visit her website and let her know you're out there.
- June Foray
I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't recognize this picture. Of course, it's Rocket J. Squirrel, AKA Rocky, of Rocky and His Friends. And the voice of that flying squirrel was of course June Foray. You'll probably recognize her voice not only as Rocky but also as Witch Hazel from many of the Looney Tunes shorts and Granny of Tweety and Sylvester the cat. June has been doing character voices since she was only 12 years old, if you can believe it! She prefers to record behind the scenes. She says it allows her to earn more money in less time.
- Art Linkletter
Here's the man who can tell you, or at least try to tell you, why kids always say the darndest things. Art Linkletter, a native Canadian, got his big start on the 1954 comedy show People Are Funny. He is very outspoken against drugs because of the death of his daughter in 1969, which he blaims on LSD. Art has written over 20 books and is currently lecturing all over the nation.
- Earl Hamner
Perhaps some of you have wondered, how in the world did Rod Serling and his writers come up with all those great stories for The Twilight Zone. Well here's the guy who can tell you--Mr. Earl Hamner. Earl worked with Rod for many years on that show and not only that, but also created the 1972 family drama The Waltons; and FYI, Earl based the grandparents of that show on his own maternal Italian American grandparents. Earl has been a writer for many other shows as well including Falcon Crest and The Invaders. And did you know that Earl has a collection of over 50 bonsai trees?
- Bruce Campbell
Here's one of, if not the most underrated actor of all time. Bruce Campbell, who many of you should remember from The Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, has been kicking around Hollywood for a number of years. More recently Bruce has written a book entitled If Chins Could Kill, in which he talks about being an actor who flies "under the radar" of Hollywood. And soon to theaters is Bruce in My Name is Bruce and Bubba Nosferatu and the Curse of the She-Vampires. Bruce is one great guy and we recommend you visit him at his website and drop him a line.
- Ruta Lee
The gorgeous and talented Ruta Lee, ladies and gentlemen! Ruta was such a jewel to have here on Radio Video Active. She spoke with us about the time she spent working in television and motion pictures and her childhood growing up in her native Lithuania. Be sure to visit her site to find out how to contact Ruta, get autographed pictures, and see what she has on tap for the future.
- Alex Cord
Alex Cord has had a very long career in movies and television. He spoke with Dee about that career including his roles in 1984's Airwolf and the 1966 remake of Stagecoach starring folks like Ann-Margret, Bing Crosby, Mike Connors and Van Heflin. Lately Alex has been keeping busy with his writing career. We spoke a great deal about his book A Feather in the Rain, which was about Alex dealing with the death of his son. Many celebrities, including Harrison Ford, have nothing but great things to say about this inspiring work. If you'd like to find a copy of this book, please make sure you visit Alex's website.
- Bela Lugosi Jr
Taking his father's advice, Bela Lugosi Jr. did not pursue an acting career. He however is a very successful attorney in California. Bela Jr. was very gracious with his time to join us and speak about his father, who made a very good career in portraying many characters, not the least of which was Count Dracula. A little known fact is that Bela Sr., during World War I, volunteered for service and served in the ski patrol.
- Sara Karloff
We hope you'll enjoy the interview Dee had with the daughter of the great horror movie actor Boris Karloff, Sara Karloff. Sara gave us some great insights into her father and the many roles he portrayed. Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book "Frankenstein". Boris was the original inspiration for the first illustrations of the Incredible Hulk. He was considered a late bloomer in Hollywood; Frankenstein (1931) premiered when he was 44 years old.
- Ronny Cox
Direct from Robocop, Total Recall, and Deliverance comes Ronny Cox! Ronny joined Dee at the Radio Video Active microphone and discussed why he seems to gravitate toward the "bad guy" role and also a little bit about his career as a singer on stage. And don't forget about his role along with Carol Burnett on Desperate Housewives. Ronny may very well hold the record for assuming the role of president on screen more than any other actor. These days Ronny is concentrating on his singing career, at which he is very good. He has a number of CD's available for purchase via his website listed below.
- Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Diller has been kickin around Hollywood for nearly 50 years and still found time to talk with the inimitable Lone Sloan. She spoke about her work she did with folks like Bob Hope, Ed Sullivan, and of course Jack Benny, among others. Also how she got her start on the silver screen and her husband whom she always lovingly referred to as "Fang."
- Lou Gossett Jr
One of many people's favorite drama would have to be An Officer and a Gentleman. Well here's Richard Gere's co-star in that movie, the famous Lou Gossett Jr. Lou has also starred alongside many folks in the past, not the least of which was Chuck Norris in Firewalker. Lou, who's been kicking around Hollywood since the mid 60's, had his first big hit as the narrator in the 1978 motion picture Roots. From there went on to star in films like The Skin Game, Sadat, and Enemy Mine.
- Larry Manetti
In 1999, when Radio Video Active made its debut, here's the guy who agreed to be the special guest star on our very first program. However, this interview is from Larry's second appearance on the program, but still nonetheless entertaining. You should remember Larry from such TV shows like The Rockford Files, Battlestar Galactica, and most memorably Magnum P.I. More recently, Larry has had guest appearances on JAG and Walker, Texas Ranger.
- Jack Elam
Here is one of our favorite and most memorable guests. Before he passed away, we had the pleasure of speaking with one of the funniest and best "bad guy" actors of all time, Mr. Jack Elam. Dee spoke at length with Jack about the many, many characters he played over the years like Toothy Thompson and Turkey Creek Jack Johnson. Not to mention all the movies and TV shows he appeared on; such as, Bronco, The Rifleman, Rawhide and who can forget his part alongside Jim Garner in Support Your Local Sheriff.
- Micky Dolenz
Special guest Micky Dolenz spoke about the 40th anniversary of The Monkees. He also talked about his newly published book Micky Dolenz' Rock'n Rollin' Trivia. And touched on his career in Hollywood and specifically Circus Boy. If you'd like to find out what Micky is up to and will be doing in the future, be sure to visit his website.
- Cassandra Peterson
Appearing on Radio Video Active is the famous Mistress of the Dark, Elvira...but she signs her checks as Cassandra Peterson. Cassandra was one of our most loved guests here on RVA. She let us in on how the character of Elvira first came about, how she thought of her costume, and what her favorite holiday of the year is--big surprise!
- Stephen Collins
Here's everyone's favorite minister, Reverend Camden from 7th Heaven, Stephen Collins! Steve spoke with us about the series we first met him on, which of course was Tales of the Gold Monkey. He also told us about his experience with Star Trek the Motion Picture and the amount of enjoyment he got from working with the cast of 7th Heaven. Stephen was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis's Screen World, Vol. 31. He is not only a well-accomplished actor, he is also a novelist with such books as Eye Contact and Double Exposure.
- Peggy Knight
Peggy Knight for many, many years was the housekeeper and cook for the late, greats Johnny and June Carter Cash. Her book, Cooking in the House of Cash, will let you in on many of the secret recipes that John and June loved and Peggy loved to make. You can find her book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. And in our interview with Peggy, you'll find out many the facts about Johnny, his career, and rumors about him that simply aren't true. We hope you enjoy it!
- Alan Young
Here's the guy who is the original voice for Walt Disney's Scrooge McDuck, co-starred in The Time Machine from 1960, and most notably, Wilbur Post of Mr. Ed. Alan told about working with Allan "Rocky" Lane in that TV series and his role in the original The Time Machine, acting alongside Rod Taylor. If you'd like to see what Alan's up to, we suggest you visit his official website. He'd love to hear from you.
- Ray Stevens
Folks, in case you didn't know, Ray Stevens has had the most number one novelty hits since 1962. We were very lucky to visit with Ray. He told us about how he got started in the music business. Also, how he thought of such great hit songs as Harry the Hairy Ape, Santa Claus is Watchin' You, and of course Guitarzan. And if you'd like to know more about Ray, please take a peak at his website and find out how to contact Ray.
- Christine McGlade
For many children of the 80's, You Can't Do That on Television was a show they always rushed home from school to watch. Christine McGlade was the star of YCDTOTV and we hope this interview with her will bring back some fond memories of the program where you dare not say I don't know. If you want to drop Christine a line or take a listen to her podcasts, just click her picture. Or if you'd like to visit YCDTOTV's website, click on the link below and watch out for the slime!
- Bill Susan Hayes
Very rarely we are able to get two special guests on Radio Video Active at the same time. Thankfully, this was one of those occassions. Our thanks to Bill and Susan Hayes for stepping up to the RVA microphone to tell everyone about their extensive careers in show business. Bill and Susan invite you to visit their website to shop their store, view their bio's, and if you like, to purchase their book Like Sands Through the Hourglass.
- Harry Carey Jr
Harry Carey Jr. was such a great guy to join us again. Harry was in the motion picture Wagon Master along with Ward Bond and Ben Johnson. He's also done a number of pictures with John Wayne including The Searchers and Three Godfathers. Harry shared with us some of his storied regarding working with The Duke, Ward Bond, and many other actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
- Suzanne Somers
The absolutely gorgeous Suzanne Somers! Suzanne was such a joy to have on the program. She opened up to Dee about things like how she got her name, what happened on Three's Company, and her many careers she's got going today. She also let us in on a portion of her childhood. If you'd like to know more about Suzanne's products and how she's helped so many women with her diet plans and healthy eating, please visit her website.
- Rene' Auberjonois
You should recall Rene' Auberjonois was in The Patriot alongside Mel Gibson and most notably Odo of TV's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also starred in the motion picture M*A*S*H. In 1969, he won a role in his first Broadway musical, Coco, in which he acted alongside veteran actress Katherine Hepburn and won a Tony for his performance. Currently you can find Rene' as a series regular, as attorney Paul Lewiston, on the ABC TV show Boston Legal, which also stars James Spader, William Shatner, and Candice Bergen.He has a website so we suggest you have a look and drop Rene' a line; he would love to hear from you.
- George Takei
Here's the Enterprise's long-time helmsman, Mr. Sulu (aka George Takei). George has been kind enough to be a guest on the program a number of times to speak with Dee about not only his career and Star Trek, but also his experiences as an Asian-American growing up in the midst of World War II and time spent in an internment camp.
- Betty White
Probably the sweetest lady to grace the RVA microphone, Betty White. She talked with us about her career beginning as early as 1952 Life with Elizabeth all the way to her role in The Golden Girls and more recently Boston Legal.
- Gary Grossman
Author Gary Grossman was kind enough to spend some time with Dee on this anniversary of the first documented UFO sighting. Gary is the author of Superman Serial to Cereal, which covers the saga of movie and TV's greatest hero, The Man of Steel. This was such a great interview, we've asked Gary if he would join us again and has agreed. If you would like a copy of the book (which comes highly recommended by Dee), please visit Gary's site.
- Roy Thinnes
From The Invaders comes star Roy Thinnes. Not only was he the star of that widely popular, cult classic, but he's also had many guest appearances on other television series like Dark Shadows, Law and Order, The Sopranos and The X-Files. Roy had early aspirations of becoming a doctor or football player. Although his first acting job was in a 1957 pilot for a show called Chicago 212, he got his big break when he began acting in General Hospital in 1963. We'd like to invite everyone to visit this unofficial website which is dedicated to the 1960's sci-fi show starring Roy Thinnes and its many guest stars.
- Richard Karn
You all remember Richard Karn from TV's Home Improvement as Al Boreland. Rick has been a special guest on RVA a number of times and here's the most recent interview with him. He spoke about how he came to be that loveable character we all adore along side Tim Allen and how things are going as the host of the new Family Feud.
- Jennifer O'Neill
Jennifer O'Neill, of such movies as The Summer of '42 and Rio Lobo, has been with us several times on Radio Video Active. Jennifer talked with us about her acting career and working with, among other folks, John Wayne and Robert Duvall. If you'd like to contact Jennifer or to see what she is currently doing, please visit her website listed here.
- George Perry
George Perry, the official biographer of the late great James Dean was with us once again today. Because George lives in London, England, he was only able to spend a few minutes with us; however, we combined this interview with one we had with him a number of months ago. George filled us in on many of the details surrounding James' life, career, and death. If you'd like a copy of his book, James Dean, your best bet would be to check out Amazon.com.
- Andrea Evans
It was a real treat to have with us once again Andrea Evans, one of the stars of the daytime soap opera, Passions. Andrea played the role of "Tina Lord" on One Life to Live until 1990 when a stalker became too familiar with her schedule and kept showing up on the set. She is a Celebrity Ambassador for City Of Hope's "Walk of Hope Against Breast Cancer" as well as several animal rights organizations. Andrea has been nominated for several awards including the Daytime Emmy and Young Artist Award.
- Robert Horton
Was a great pleasure to have with us once again Robert Horton. Bob spoke with Dee about why he decided to leave Wagon Train after five years and also why A Man Called Shenandoah was cancelled even though it was garnering 30 percent of viewership, up against Andy Williams and The Andy Griffith Show. Robert looks forward to hearing from you at his website.
- Andy Williams
Here's the man whose voice Former President Reagan once referred to as "a national treasure." The legendary Andy Williams, of course. Dee caught up with Andy during the week and recorded this interview, of which were only able to play a small portion on the program. Andy talked about his up-coming show with Glen Campbell and his very first studio recorded album. For more information on this, please visit Andy's website.
- Adrienne Barbeau
The gorgeous Adrienne Barbeau joined Dee at the Radio Video Active microphone once again. Because of tight scheduling, Adrienne and Dee recorded this interview during the week. Here is that interview in its entirety. She spoke about her Off-Broadway play in which she portrays Judy Garland and her newly published book, There are Worse Things I Could Do. You can find out more about Adrienne, her career, and her book by following the link to her site.
- Max Baer Jr
Folks, here's the son of the great boxer Max Baer Sr. and the man who brought Jethro Bodine to life every night for nine years, the one and only Max Baer Jr.! Max was such a great guy to talk with and was kind enough to be with us a couple of times on the program. Be sure to visit Max's website to see what he's got going today.
- James Best
Radio Video Active is proud to present the great Rosco P. Coltrane, otherwise known as James Best! James spoke with us a great deal about his career, working with such great actors as James Arness, Clint Eastwood, and Van Williams. Hope you enjoy this compilation of the many times James has visited the RVA microphone.
- Jane Seymour
Joyce Penelope Wilhemina Frankeburg, ladies and gentelmen! Well, some of us recognize her as Jane Seymour. Jane has been a guest here on the program several times and everytime she's visited has been better than the last. Hope you enjoy listening to the interview as much as Dee enjoyed doing it. Also, don't forget about the Friends of Jane website where you can find out about her schedule, merchandising, and roles she's portrayed in the past.
- Maxine Hansen
Now folks, you may not recognize the name Maxine Hansen but for many years she was the personal assistant to America's favorite singing cowboy, Gene Autry. Maxine regails you with stories about Gene behind the camera and how he was the same great guy on screen and off. Please visit the official Gene Autry website to find out how to purchase some of Gene's greatest movies and visit the Gene Autry Museum.
- Ilya Salkind
It was a pleasure to have with us Ilya Salkind. In this interview he talks about his childhood, growing up in the movie industry, and why he decides to make Superman the motion picture. Don't forget to take a tour of Ilya's website.
- Clint Walker
Finally, it's the Big Guy Himself! Clint Walker. A number of you have requested we get this interview up ASAP and here it is. Clint wanted to wish everyone well and he hopes you'll visit his website and say howdy.
- Dusty Rogers
The son of the great Roy Rogers, Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr., was a great guest here on Radio Video Active. He spoke to us about his father, his childhood growing up in Rogers home, and the Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, Missouri. Please visit the museum's website and if you get the chance, the museum itself; Dee highly recommends it.
- Dwayne Hickman 2
Dwayne Hickman has been a guest on Radio Video Active a couple of times but here's the most recent interview we had with Mr. Dobie Gillis. Also, if you'd like to visit Dwayne's site or contact him, simply click the following link.