Dennis Muren and I were childhood friends. When we were thirteen years old we would make home movies in his garage. He would create the special effects and my brother and I were the actors. Many years later, after we moved away and lost touch with Dennis, I voiced the character of Wedge Antilles/Red 2 in Star Wars. I voiced the line.."Look at the size of that thing"! upon seeing the Death Star for the first time. I didn't know until the credits rolled that Dennis worked on the special effects in Star Wars. Our paths had crossed again. In a big way...
" Everyone must leave something
behind when he dies, my Grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or
a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched in some
way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that
tree or that flower you planted, you're there. It doesn't matter what you do,
he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched
it into something that's like you after you take your hands away." Ray
Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
My Step-Father, William Challee, in Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson.
Jack Nicholson (Robert Eroica Dupea) tries in his own
fashion to explain himself to his silently disapproving father William Challee
(Nicholas Dupea), but never quite releases the pain of his own torment. “I'm
sorry it didn't work out”.
As I walk along the Hollywood Stars (Bing Crosby, Rin Tin Tin, Rita Hayworth) on the way to my office, I think about my life's journey and what brought me to this place in time. I've lived in Hollywood most of my life. Grew up in a family of actors and later became one myself. I've been an actor, a television and film writer, and now a Talent and Literary Agent. As my Hollywood journey continues I invite you to walk along with me. I'll look back from where I've been and up ahead. Who knows what's around the next corner...