It all started in High School, or maybe it was Jr High school that I did my first play. I think it was "Little Abner"
yep that was it.
I joined the Air Force and went to Jet Mechanics School, then to Germany where I spent 2 wonderful years.
Met my first wife and had a little daughter and then we all came back to the states. Duluth, Minn cold and about
the most north I had ever been, lots of snow. How ever I did get involved in a Theater acting group there and
did a couple of stage productions while stationed at the Air Base there.
Got transfer to California due to my mother's illness, I had grown up and went to school there in San Diego. I
was stationed at March AFB in Riverside, Calif, and they had a nice Community Theater there where I did some shows there as
well. It was close to Hollywood and Los Angeles but I still had time to serve in the Air Force plus another daughter so didn't
follow my dream much at that time. From California I was stationed in Texas and then New Jersey. The Viet Nam started and
I got orders to ship out. And so I found myself there spent a year and then got transfered to Clark AFB in the Phillipines.
I joined the base theater group and did a few shows. And I volunteered to do work at the Radio and Television stations that
American Forces Radio & TV had at the base I did evening and over nite radio shifts on the radio. And also produced
and appeared in a kids TV show and appeared as Santa on Christmas. I went TDY(tempory Duty) to Saigon to help a couple
of times doing radio there too. Also during that time I worked off base doing a Rock-N-Roll radio show for a station
in town they also had a staion in Manila where they picked up my show and broadcasted it. Through our Base Theater group
I met with a film maker who's mother was a Phillipine National and his father a Amercian Soldier during WW2 and fought with
the Phillipine Army after the Islands where taken. His family mothers family had sugar cane plantations and so he was
pretty well off. He started producing, Directing and appearing in films make there. He invited me to appear in one,
later he worked with Universal Studios to help with locations, equipment and also was given a role in the movie for television
called "The Longest Hundred Miles" about the Battan death march. He got me a small work on role in it also, and assigned
me to round up some extras from the Air Force and Navey Base. Actor's in that film included Doug McClure, Ricardo Montalban
and Katerine Ross. Before I left the Phillipines he also set me up with a supporting role in another war movie Staring
Cornel Wilde and Rip Torn called "Beach Red" Cornel became a good friend and a help when I got out of the Air Force
and moved to Hollywood.