Born in Bakersfield, California and lived there through the 6th grade. Started a lifetime of performing about the same time I began to walk. Appearing in my father's home produced movies and assisting the rodeo clowns in acts at rodeos where my father was the announcer. We moved to the LA area and I started 7th grade in the West San Fernando Valley. Attended Canoga Park High School and graduated in the summer of 1963. I started participating in rodeos before I left high school, and in 1964 joined the RCA ( Rodeo Cowboys Association). That same year I went to New York City, joined AGVA (American Guild Of Variety Artist) and worked as a stuntman in a stage show at the '64 Worlds Fair. Though still going to rodeos, in 1965 I joined the SEG (Screen Extras Guild) and the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and started working in films in California. Doing both extra and stunt work when I had the chance, I started classes at Pierce Jr. college and joined the rodeo team. I was an active member of the rodeo club, functioned as president for a year and a member of the first team in over ten years to qualify for the college finals. Earned an intercollegiate sports letter in rodeo two years in a row, while majoring in art and music.
By 1968 I was pursuing stunt work as my primary employment. I met Linda, my wife of thirty years in 1969. I was offered the chance to double David Carradine and started coordinating stunts full-time in 1972 with the Kung Fu TV Show at Warner Brothers. In 1973 I was invited to join the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures and remained a member in good standing for over 22 years. In 1979, to increase my driving skills I attended the Jim Russell School of Racing at Willow Springs Raceway in California.
Joined the DGA (Directors Guild Of America) in 1986, directing second unit on " Last Innocent Man" for HBO. After many years of being away from rodeos, in the mid-eighties I started roping calves to keep my horsemanship skills current.
After involvement in a charity Endro car race at Saugas Speedway in 1989, I continued to race an entry level NASCAR jalopy for two more seasons.
Having a desire to get more involved in racing, in 1995
I took an honorary withdrawal (after 22+ years) from SAMP (Stuntmen's Association Of Motion Pictures) and relocated to Northern Minnesota and bought the Bemidji Speedway. After working as owner operator of Bemidji Speedway for five years, (1995 -1999), I sold the track in 2002 and am once again pursuing film work on a full time basis.
Super Stocks On A Parade Lap
Myself and Dad.
I'm wearing my first pair of chaps hand made by my dad.
Formula Ford Racing School
Willow Springs, Calif.
Calf Roping Practice In Acton, Calif.
Wining First In The Bull Riding
At Santa Barbara Calif. 1965
Saugas Speedway 1991
Fast Qualifier For The Night
& Main Event Winner